I previously mentioned my word for 2022 is release. A friend of mine, said she is celebrating her Jubilee (50th) birthday this year. I already sent her her presents, even though her birthday is not until April, because the other morning on the news I heard there was a volcano that erupted, causing tsunamis, the leader in North Korea is testing nuclear bombs etc. etc. So I told her she was getting her presents early so she’d have a chance to enjoy them before Jesus came back, because from what’s going on, that could be any day now! (Please Jesus, don’t tarry but hurry!)
Back in 2017 I listened to a podcast where the preacher mentioned that 2017 was a Jubilee year. In the Hebrew calendar the year was 5777. Well you know me and math, we got a thing going on, so I had a hunch and did the math. I started with 2017 and kept subtracting 50 from it until I arrived at 17. Then I subtracted another 50 and arrived at 33 B.C. Jesus was 33 when He died (and was resurrected!) so that tells me Jesus was born on a Jubilee year.
Deut. 31:10 says that each 7th year is a year of release. The sabbath year (shmita Hebrew: literally “release”) also called the sabbatical year or shvi’it (Hebrew: literally “seventh”) is the seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle mandated by the Torah for the Land of Israel, and still observed in contemporary Judaism. Well back to math, 7 times 7 equals 49. Then the Jubilee is celebrated in the 50th year.
According to the text of Leviticus 25 and many Bible scholars, Jubilee does not involve forgiveness of debt, at least not in the way we normally use the term. No debt is forgiven; it has already been paid.
The freedom from debt now paid. It is redeemed-to buy or get back, recover, ransom and deliver from sin and bondage. It is freedom granted as a release from subjection to the control or influence of some force.
Which ties in with Jesus being born in a Jubilee year. He came to pay our debt. He redeemed us with His life.
“in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” (Col. 1:14)
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” (Eph. 1:7)
Jubilation is the act of rejoicing, and a celebration expressing joy. So join me releasing negative things in your life this year, and join the celebration of redemption from bondage into a life full of freedom!
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