The year of Jubilee brought a release of debt and freedom for those sold into slavery. How much greater is the Jubilee of freedom we have in Christ.

One Word –

And if he is not redeemed by these means, then he and his children with him shall be released in the year of jubilee. For it is to me that the people of Israel are servants.They are my servants whom I brought out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God. Leviticus 25:54-55

Daily Bible Reading: Leviticus 24, 25; John 13, 14

Big Idea –

One of the laws God gave Israel was the Year of Jubilee. In the 50th year liberty was to be proclaimed throughout the land. If someone had sold land it was not sold permanently, but it was returned to the original owner and his family in the Year of Jubilee. Likewise if someone sold themselves as a slave they too would be released. In this way what was being sold was not property or a person but the fruitfulness of the land and a man’s labor for the years until the Jubilee.

Why would God require a such a year? It served as a constant reminder that nothing truly belonged to an individual. Everything belonged to the LORD. The land and the people who lived in it were God’s.

As Jesus began His ministry, He took the scroll in the synagogue at Nazareth and read from the prophet Isaiah, saying “The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the LORD’S favor” (Luke 4:18-19). Jesus then sat down and as everyone was looking at Him He said, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” (v.21).

Jesus brought in the year of the LORD’S jubilee and proclaimed freedom for those captive to sin. As believers today we enjoy the benefits of that Jubilee. However, we can look forward to the Jubilee to come when Jesus returns and completely fulfills Isaiah’s prophecy. On that great and terrible day of the LORD, Jesus will declare the vengeance of our God. Once and for all those that would hold us captive will be destroyed and we will forever be free! (see Isaiah 61:1-3).

Exemplify –

I can rejoice in the LORD’S Jubilee setting me free from the bondage of sin remember ing today and always I  belong to God, and because of this I can look forward with anticipation to the Jubilee to come.

Yes to Yield –

LORD Jesus, thank You for the Jubilee of freedom. I am not in bondage to sin because of what You have done for me. In the same way You brought Israel out of Egypt, You have redeemed me. Holy Spirit help me to never forget that I am not a self made man; I do not belong to myself. I do not control the days of my life for I belong to You. LORD, You have ordered my days. My desire is to live each day for Your glory. Forgive me when I take for myself what belongs to You. I and all my life is Yours.

If you’re new to Living It Now, you can find an explanation of the O-B-E-Y journal on the Hearing and Doing page, or the sample post Guard Duty.

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