Yeshua – Our Jubilee!

 

Freedom From Debt

What is the difference between the Sabbatical Year and the Year of Jubilee? While many believe that these two events follow the very same laws, Leviticus 25 presents them differently by putting an emphasis on the Year of Jubilee and for a good reason. It stresses the fact that at the Year of Jubilee, everything, in fact life itself, is reset.

First, everyone in Israel returns to their ancestral land and repossesses it, whether with money or not. We read in Leviticus 25:13:

On this Year of Jubilee each of you shall return to his own property. It happened just as it was originally given by God to their ancestors. Then every person became free of debt and started anew.

 

Our Personal Reset

But there is a stronger message that I have been looking forward to sharing with you. While today no one knows when the Jubilee begins or ends, the Bible links it with the Messiah, His coming and His resetting of each one’s life.

This concept is alluded to in a powerful messianic prophecy found in Isaiah 61:1,2 where the Lord speaks of the time when He will bring His people back to the land to live in harmony.

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners; To proclaim the favorable year of the LORD And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn.

This word liberty דְּרוֹר (dĕrôr), is used for the release or the freeing of a prisoner. It is first mentioned in Leviticus 25:10 in relation to the Year of Jubilee and then its second mention is found in Isaiah 61:1. It is also called the “favorable year”, shennat razon, in relationship to the fulfilment of the Year of Jubilee in the Messiah.

 

Yeshua’s Sabbath Proclamation

But on whom is the Spirit of the Lord resting? How do we know that this passage is speaking of the Messiah? It is because Yeshua attributed this prophecy of Isaiah to Himself. When He was in Nazareth, He went to a synagogue on the Sabbath. During the weekly haftarah recitation, when the prophets were being read, Yeshua read out from Isaiah 61. Yeshua cited the passage, but something unusual happened. When the scroll of Isaiah was given to Him, He read the first verse, then began the second verse, but stopped in the middle and then sat down. We read in Luke 4:20:

And He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant and sat down; and the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

Why did Yeshua close the book at a very important place, right after the words “to proclaim the favorable year of the LORD”? Because the next words say: And the day of vengeance of our God. Yeshua could not read these last words and say they were fulfilled. Why? Because they pertain to His second coming. At His first coming, He came to free us from sin and to establish the true Year of Jubilee for whoever believes in Him. He said, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

In saying this, Yeshua indicates that our Year of Jubilee has begun. It started the moment you made Him your personal Savior, because it gave you such great freedom in Him. While we are here as pilgrims and sojourners, we are also living in the Year of Jubilee because we have been saved and freed from the condemnation of sin.

In Yeshua we start anew, born again with a storehouse of blessings waiting for those who will rest in Him.

The Year of Jubilee then, is the culminating point coming from the light of the menorah and of the provision of the showbread in Leviticus. It is also the answer to all those prayers wrapped in frankincense.

 

Repentance Leads to Release

How do we arrive at the Year of Jubilee? Leviticus 25 tells us.

Today we do not know when the Year of Jubilee actually begins, in the same way we do not know when the Lord is coming back. But we are given an important piece of information. In Leviticus, the Year of Jubilee is placed right at Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, when all Israel is asked to stop, pray, and repent of their sins. We are told in v.9 that at the end of the 49th year,

‘You shall then sound the Shofar abroad on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement you shall sound the Shofar all through your land.

The tenth day of the seventh month is Yom Kippur itself. That which precedes the Year of Jubilee is repentance, to look on Him whom we have pierced. Then we are blessed. The Jubilee is a gathering of those who have repented so they can enjoy the Year of Freedom. This is what Jubilee means.

The word in Hebrew, yobel, is believed to mean to release, to be released of all hindrances. The first time it is mentioned is very revealing because it takes us back to Mount Sinai, when the nation first met with God. At that time, God told Moses in Exodus 19:13b 

When the Jubilee is drawn out, they shall come up to the mountain.” This is a literal translation from the Hebrew. The usual translation says, When the ram’s horn sounds a long blast…

Then it was the beginning of a new Jubilee for Israel. But the next one, the true and complete one, will be with the Messiah Yeshua who brought it down so that anyone who believes in Him will be blessed and know true freedom.

 


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