Suggested Reading: Leviticus 25
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GOOGLE MAPS – To see where Reynold took the photo, click HERE.
Key Verse: Leviticus 25:17
Therefore you shall not oppress one another, but you shall fear your God; for I am the Lord your God.
Here is a truly revolutionary economic system. This dealt with the poor on a long-term basis. The land belonged to God; man was a temporary caretaker. If a person fell on hard times, he might have to sell his possessions, but the sale was only temporary. First, his land would be returned to him, or in the event of his death, to his children in the 50th year of Jubilee. Second, the man or a relative could, at any time, buy back, or redeem, the lost holdings. This is a beautiful picture of our older Brother Redeemer, Jesus Christ. With His suffering and death He has redeemed us, restoring all that was lost through sin. Care for the stranger, immigrant, and those in need among us is still a priority for the one who owns everything. Most of us have been blessed financially by God. Let us reach out to someone today, making every year a “Jubilee.”
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, please show me someone I can bless today and every day. I know that You are my Source of blessing. When I am the one in need, I can trust You to meet that need. You promised through the pen of Your servant Paul that You shall supply all my need according to Your riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:19). In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
When our children, Elaine, Ellen, Reynold and Ron, were around 8, 9, 10, and 11, a precious family blessed us with the gift of a pony, and we kept our pony on their farm at no cost to us. What a joy to load everyone into the car on a Saturday, drive out to the country, and enjoy each other’s company, along with the pony. We named her “Jubilee,” and we would sing the song as we travelled, “Jubilee, Jubilee, we’re going to that happy Jubilee” (check out the lyrics and video of the song here and sing along with us). We arranged to have our little Jubilee visit another pony on a neighbouring farm, and the children named the new little arrival to our family “Sparky.” This gave Norma-Jean and me the opportunity to teach our children about the Jubilee in the Bible and about God’s care for the poor and needy.
Yours for our education in God’s economy, based not on hoarding, but on giving,
P.S. This is Crossroads’ “Jubilee Year.” God has done wonderful things throughout 50 years of TV/media ministry! (www.crossroads.ca). Also the picture below brings back a flood of happy memories.
P.P.S. One more thing…in the responses to yesterday’s blog, someone sent me Amanda Todd’s video…the BC teen who committed suicide this past Wednesday. I wept many tears as I watched her give her story on camera. She posted it on Youtube just a month before taking her own life. You may want to prayerfully watch this video here and pray for other teens who may be in similar situations. Over and over I said, “O Amanda, if only I or someone could have introduced you to Jesus.” To learn how to reach out to needy teens, get Crossroads’ latest book, “Why they die.”