Well, if you are expecting a theological treatise or deep story line tonight, I am going to disappoint you. Like millions of other families, we have been tied up with Christmas and company and entertaining and all the other things that occupy our time as we approach the end of another year.
And like many other entrepreneurs, we are getting ready to close another calendar year at the end of the month, although our fiscal year doesn’t end until the first quarter is over. With so many things to do, and our daughter, Jill, still in town from Oklahoma, it is too much to think about researching a deep topic for this evening. ]
I didn’t want to let the evening pass without some post, but it occurs to me that it has been some time since I have taken a break from writing and everybody should have a short break from time to time. With that thought it mind, our verse for this evening has to do with the year of Jubilee.
In the ancient times, each 7th year was a time of rejuvenation and rest, similar to the Sabbath rest that we have all heard so much about. And every 50th year, the year after 7 cycles of 7 years, a number of things were to happen that leveled the field again between the various tribes.
Land would revert back to the original owners, people who sold themselves into slavery would be set free and many other laws protected families who had gone into debt or otherwise made arrangements to survive. By returning everything to the original families, it kept slavery and indebtedness from getting out of hand and redistributed the wealth, to some degree, back among the people.
Our verse, from Leviticus 25:10-11, one of the books that Moses wrote, tells us, “Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each one of you is to return to his family property and each to his own clan. The fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you; do not sow and do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the untended vines.”
My encouragement for tonight is that God wants us to rest and treat people fairly; and it seems that there is no better time to do that than during the week between Christmas and New Years! My prayer is that you will use this time of rejuvenation wisely and get ready to start 2018 in the best possible frame of mind – raring to go! Have a great day in the Lord, grace and peace…