Message to the Larger Stores: Remember the Gleaning Principle
Leviticus 19:9 “‘When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. 10 Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the Lord your God.
Deuteronomy 24:19 When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands. 20 When you beat the olives from your trees, do not go over the branches a second time. Leave what remains for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow. 21 When you harvest the grapes in your vineyard, do not go over the vines again. Leave what remains for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow. 22 Remember that you were slaves in Egypt. That is why I command you to do this.
Ruth 2:17 So Ruth gleaned in the field until evening. Then she threshed the barley she had gathered, and it amounted to about an ephah. 18 She carried it back to town, and her mother-in-law saw how much she had gathered. Ruth also brought out and gave her what she had left over after she had eaten enough.
19 Her mother-in-law asked her, “Where did you glean today? Where did you work? Blessed be the man who took notice of you!”
Then Ruth told her mother-in-law about the one at whose place she had been working. “The name of the man I worked with today is Boaz,” she said.
20 “The Lord bless him!” Naomi said to her daughter-in-law. “He has not stopped showing his kindness to the living and the dead.” She added, “That man is our close relative; he is one of our guardian-redeemers.”
The warehouse supervisor noticed four sealed cartons in a corner of the warehouse.
“These are leftovers from a sale we had last month;” he told myself and a guy from a much larger store; “The list price is $29.99 and we’re selling them for $5.50. There’s 24 per case, plus the two single copies on top makes a hundred.”
I was all set to say I wouldn’t mind having a dozen copies for my much smaller market store, when the other guy said, “I’ll take all 100.”
“Before you do that–” I started to say, but I was cut off by the warehouse manager.
“I’ll get the office to do the invoice.”
This scene plays out several times a week online. A company has 56 copies of this, and 120 copies of that, and large stores think nothing of taking them all. Leaving 10 or 12 for smaller stores in unthinkable.
C’mon, guys, can you leave just a few for us little guys?
Let me say that on a smaller scale, we practice this principle ourselves. If there’s 16 copies, and we know we can sell them all, we’ll still take 14 and leave a couple for the stores that are even smaller than ours.
It’s called The Gleaning Principle.
It’s in the Bible.
I wish more people had heard of it.