Pastor A. Mark Garcia
What would happen in your life if you operated in the promises God has given you? I’m not saying you are not, but I do believe we miss out on many blessings for many reasons, mostly because we don’t know all the blessings God has for us. Hosea 4:6 brings out this principle, that God’s people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
I would like to share with you the promise and blessing of Jubilee. Leviticus 25:8-13 is a declaration from God about the Jubilee. In this text, God mentions seven Sabbaths which were a period of six years of work and harvest and one year of rest on the seventh year. God institutes a time of rest, both for the laborer and the land. It was during this time of rest that total dependence on God was needed, dependence that God would supply total provision. The idea of rest for a whole year sounds wonderful, but the tough part was depending on God to take care of you during that time. The land could not be harvested. God would make sure that the land would bring forth food for the poor, livestock, wild animals and daily provision for your household. They had to rely on God for daily provision and not store up food for another day.
After seven Sabbaths lasting seven years, on the 50th year, God proclaimed a year of Jubilee. Oh what a wonderful time this would be! All debts were forgiven and if land had been sold you would redeem it back at no cost! Also, if they had sold themselves to a master to work as a servant, they were released from their master and allowed to go back to their land. God was providing Rest and Release for His people regardless of the mistakes they had made in selling land and selling themselves to a master because of their poverty.
How does this apply to you today?
First, you must understand that Jesus came to fulfill the law. Jesus said in Matthew 5:17, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” Before Jesus started His ministry he proclaimed release for all (Luke 4:18-21), after reading from the book of Isaiah, he proclaimed that “this day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.” Jesus was proclaiming that He came to fulfill Jubilee. What a wonderful picture of Release! We no longer wait 50 years for Release to come; we can have it now through Jesus Christ.
In the New Living Translation, Luke 4:18-19 reads:
18 “The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, 19 and that the time of the LORD’s favor has come.
This is Jubilee! Your Release has come and is available today and every day through Jesus Christ!
Jubilee also included Rest. Jesus proclaimed this promise in Matthew 11:28-30:
28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (NLT)
Rest is here for you through Jesus Christ. Jesus came to replace the heavy burdens you carry with the easy burden of living for Him. When we try to accomplish and figure out everything on our own and live according to our own selfish desires, we are carrying a heavy burden. Just as God gave Israel the land in the Old Testament as an inheritance, he has given you great promises of Rest. God owns everything, we own nothing! There is great Rest in this revelation; however it does take faith in God to provide for you.
The real test for us to receive the Rest and Release of Jubilee is a love for God and a love for others. There was another side to Jubilee in the Old Testament. What if you were the one releasing a servant that was working for you or the one giving back land? To do this and be obedient to God required love – a love for God that you were blessed to be in the position to be the lender and not the borrower and that you were blessed enough to hire servants. You see, Jubilee today is about loving others and trusting God to put you in a position to be a blessing to others!
Once we accept the blessing of Jubilee by resting in God’s provision and release ourselves from self-centered living by allowing God to be in control of our lives, then we will be a blessing to others and truly operate in the promise of Jubilee.
February 24, 2012 Comments Off