Key Verse: “And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.” -Leviticus 25:10
As we have made our way to the Torah, this week we find ourselves studying the book of Leviticus where we find this lesson about the year of Jubilee. Jubilee is a time of liberty and freedom. During this time, bondmen were freed, mortgaged land was restored to its original owner, and the land was left fallow for an entire year. Let’s see what’s in store for this week…
THE LAND (v. 8-12)
The year of Jubilee (the 50th year) was signaled by the sounding of the trumpet and the Day of Atonement took place on the seventh day of the tenth month. This is where an individual was freed from all past sins and the year of Jubilee proclaimed a universal redemption. Israel was to hallow (consecrate/sanctify) this year. It was not just an ordinary period and time, this time was to bring honor and glory to God. The land was to be left fallow so that it could rest from any sowing and harvesting. This rest was not only significant for the land, but for the people as well. The people were to eat of the increase from the years prior to the fiftieth year.
THE POOR (v. 25, 35-36)
When considering the poor, Moses said if a poor person sold his or her possessions in order to “make ends meet” a family member may come and redeem what was sold. Also, we are not to take advantage of the poor because of their condition, rather we are to treat them as brothers and sisters. Truthfully speaking, when we fall on hard times, the same hand that is reached out to others, is the same hand that can be extended to help us as well.
THE SERVANT (v. 39-40, 47-48, 55)
During the year of Jubilee, bondmen were released back to their families and all debts were cancelled. Whenever a person was in slavery, during the fiftieth year, he may be redeemed by a family member (next of kin) which was usually called a “kinsman-redeemer”. This was a foreshadowing of what Jesus would come and do for mankind who was enslaved to sin! The lesson closes by offering a reminder that God was the one who brought Israel out of the land of Egypt.
It’s wonderful to know that God has always had a plan in motion to save and redeem his children. When we find ourselves enslaved to sin and the lusts of this world, we can always be redeemed and released back to our rightful families. The songwriter put it like this, “What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus…”
WISHING YOU A BLESSED AND HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
Reverend Rodney C. Griffin, Jr., B.A.
Mount Vernon Baptist Church
Dr. Johnny L. Miller, Pastor