The last three chapters of Leviticus have an awful lot of great information that you want to make sure not to read over too quickly. There’s the root meanings of redemption here, there’s Jubilee here, there’s a prophecy about the Jewish exile that is amazingly accurate, and other interesting references that turns up in the New Testament later. Where do we begin?
It’s just hard to stay away from the idea of Jubilee, so I guess that’s what I’ll ramble on about. It’s just such an awesome idea that God came up with. People sometimes became so poor — poor without a social safety net — that selling the farm, selling one’s family so they could eat, and even selling oneself was the only option available to sustain life. Since almost everyone was a farmer in these times, selling the farm, the family, and oneself was getting into a situation in which financial recovery was almost impossible for generations, if ever — unless you might have a close relative rich enough and willing out of family devotion to bail you out. This happened (see the book of Ruth), but not often. So every 50 years (seven sabbath years plus one) all Jewish slaves were released, all debts were forgiven, and all farms returned to the original family — in other words the chalkboard of mistakes, tough breaks, and heartaches got erased. Going back to one’s inheritance, freedom, the light of hope breaks over the horizon, family reunion, and the former poverty is in the rearview mirror! No wonder the term Jubilee came to mean a major celebration!
And there’s a Jubilee coming for us, too, as Christians. A day when all the mistakes, tough breaks, heartaches, slavery, and troubles will be alleviated by the Lord’s return. Freedom, inheritance, family reunion, and the riches of Heaven! And, wow, the celebration that will break out! Heaven’s Jubilee!
See you tomorrow, Lord willing.