PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Leviticus 25-27
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“Count off seven sabbath years — seven times seven years — so that the seven sabbath years amount to a period of forty-nine years.” (Leviticus 25:8)
God’s original and ultimate desire for creation is sabbath rest.
Not sitting around doing nothing, but living in harmony with God, people and creation.
Built into the Moses Law was a reminder that God’s future included restoration.
The sabbath days and years were scheduled reminders that the best was yet to come.
The laws about redemption (buying back) also hint at this: God’s dream for freedom.
Freedom from misery, poverty, slavery, bondage, sickness, injustice, despair, death.
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18?-?19)
Jesus fulfills the sabbath/jubilee dream; He brings us sabbath rest (Matthew 11:28).
Sorrow is replaced with joy, sickness with healing, bondage with freedom, death with life!
The day is coming when all creation, and all people, will share in God’s jubilee!
Will we receive this blessing, or will we remain hostile towards God (Leviticus 26:21)?
Lord, You are offering me so much more than this current life, or this world, can offer. Keep this dream before me, in such a way that I live towards it, and not against it!