Today's reading from Deuteronomy shows how important God thinks it is to provide for people in need. Over and over again the Bible makes it clear that treating people in need with fairness and compassion is a huge part of being faithful to God. The passage refers to the seventh year. The law of Moses taught that every seven years debts were forgiven, so no one would get too far behind. That also reminded Israel that the land of Israel belonged not to any person, but to God.