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Monday, October 23, 2023

Each Day a Jubilee

Leviticus 25: 10-12

“10 Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each of you is to return to your family property and to your own clan. 11 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. 12 For it is a jubilee and is to be holy for you; eat only what is taken directly from the fields.”

The Israelite jubilee was a year of liberation, freedom, and rest; a time when things were set right. Jubilee redeemed slaves and restored them to their families, redeemed family land that had been sold to pay debts, and restored fertility to the soil through a much needed rest from planting.  

Sadly, the Jewish law could legislate material freedom and rest but not spiritual freedom or rest.  Christ came into this world to give us spiritual rest; freedom from sin and death, a thing that no law could ever do.

Rest in the fact that through Christ we are redeemed.  Through Christ our relationship with God is restored.  Through Christ we have eternal life.  

With Christ, each day is a jubilee. 

May the love of Christ be with you,

Rev. Eric Lanier (Retired)

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