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Jubilee
God says: Count off seven Sabbaths of years. Then have the trumpet sounded everywhere on the Day of Atonement consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land , to all its inhabitants. It shall be a year of Jubilee. ''Leviticus 25:8-10''

Jubilee was a very rare word. It was the Hebrew word for a ram's horn. The Jews were instructed to fashion a trumpet out of the horn of a wild ram, and this was to be so sacred that it was to be played only once every fifty years. Then there would be Jubilee. During Jubilee, three things would happen.

First, all debts were canceled. Anyone who had been living under bondage of debt would be freed. This expressed God's heart for the poor. ...

In the Jubilee Year, God says there will be a fresh start for those who are poor¨for those who are likely to be sitting on the sidelines. In case anybody missed the intent, or might try to circumvent it, or think it was just a matter of mechanics, God goes on: Do not be hard-hearted or tight-fisted toward your poor brother. Rather be open-handed and freely lend him whatever he needs. Be careful not to harbor this wicked thought. The year for canceling debts is near so that you show ill will toward your needy brother and give him nothing. He may then appeal to the Lord against you, and you will be found guilty of sin. Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart. Then, because of this, your God will bless you. ''Deuteronomy 15:7-10'' In the Jubilee Year, debt is forgiven.

The second thing that happens in the Jubilee Year is all prisoners are released. Now, in our day, this doesn't sound like good news, because we think of people who are in prison for really bad things, and we're not sure we would want them all to be released. In the Old Testament days, about the only thing they locked you up for was debt. For almost anything else, they would stone you. If you talked back to your mom and dad, they'd get the stones out. Jubilee Year meant the prisoners were going to go free.

Third, in the Jubilee Year, all the land was supposed to go back to its original owner. Now in the ancient day, far more than in our day when economics are much more complex, wealth was tied to land. If you were in a family where your dad or your grandfather had become sick, or done something wrong, or made a mistake, or been the victim of injustice and your family lost its ability to own land, that was it. You were out of luck. Jubilee meant hope for the poor.

You might wonder, what was the rationale for all of this? This is what God says: The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine, and you are but aliens and tenants. ''Leviticus 25:23'' ...

There is only one problem with the Jubilee Year. They never actually observed it. The best we can tell, it was never actually observed. ...

You know, God hasn't given up on this Jubilee idea yet. It's a good idea. It's God's idea. We can't pull it off ourselves, but it is going to happen. It's going to happen when Messiah comes. When Messiah comes, He will proclaim the Jubilee, and He will make it stick. For instance, the Prophet Isaiah wrote that the Messiah would say:

  • The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me , ''That's Messianic language. The Messiah is simply ?The Anointed One.?'' , to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the captive and release for the prisoners to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor. ''Isaiah 61:1-2a'' That's Jubilee! When Messiah comes, then Jubilee is coming!

    And they waited. Year after year, decade after decade, century after century ,they waited.

    Finally, this rabbi named Jesus comes. He's going to give His very first sermon. He goes back to His hometown and enters the synagogue. The people are all gathered; they've known Him since He was a little kid. He takes the scroll, turns to these words in Isaiah 61, and then He reads them to the people:

  • The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor , to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor. ''Luke 4:18''

    Then He rolls up the scrolls. The Scripture says that all eyes are fixed on Him. Then He sets them aside. He sits down, because that's what rabbis did. He says:

  • Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing. ''Luke 4:21''

    What He's saying is:

  • Jubilee is finally here, and I'm it. It's arrived on this planet, first of all in Me , in My body.

    And it's come in some unexpected ways. Not only is it here for Israel. He makes it real clear that it's also here for their enemies, the Gentiles.



    By: John Ortberg
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    You must be rejected for a good toil of God, like Jesus

    In contemporary Africa were I hail from, this is contrary to the intentions of Jesus. Some priests or evangelists are rejected in their own homeland because they used the word of God to recruit innocent wifes of from their husbands. Some used the word of God to do corruption like, accepting bribes, selling local government tenders and gaining public ground. Then all the born again christians are labelled the same because of these thugs. If ones is really born again he must be rejected for a good work of God, not for his personal gains.



    By: Phumzile Nkuzo
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    What part of Jesus` "mission statement" (reading from Isaiah) has the most appeal to you?
    The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim release to the captives, recovering of sight to the blind, to deliver those who are crushed, and to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.



    By: Angelo Bautista
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    Jesus`Good News exists in his words accompanying with his action.



    By: Takao Ogawa
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    Great commentary. The fact of the proclamation of the year of Jubilee is often forgotten or glossed over. This is one of my favourite passages from scripture.

    It's like a treasure, where when you start to clear off the dust and grime, you begin to see the depth, beauty and value of what Jesus said at the synagogue, as well as its revolutionary nature (but not in the political sense that many expected).

    There are a couple of other things to add. In referring to Is 61:1-2, Jesus omits the clause about 'the day of vengeance'. Since his hearers were expecting him to fulfil a revolutionary messianic role, this omission is significant. It's not the message the hearers want - they want to see vengeance on their enemies, the Romans overthrown, their independent power restored. Furthermore, whilst Is 61 was often read as being about favour to Israel, there is nothing in Jesus' reading of it to indicate that it is purely for Israel - he is starting to break down the barriers between Jew and Gentile - and continues to do so later when he refers to the Widow of Zarephath and Naaman the Syrian. The passage is utterly profound, Jesus is proclaiming a new time, a new reign, a new Kingdom - so often we miss the depth of what he says because we don't know the Jewish culture, history and expectations of his day, but when we start to get under it, even just a little it's utterly mind-blowing!



    By: Will Bissett
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    God lived in Jesus
    Jesus was saying that God lived in him. that he was sent by God to heal and to teach. That the poor will no longer be poor. but that they would be rich in the holy spirit. and was asking them that if they can out their faith in man. why can't they put that faith in him. that he can deliever them from everything. I finally had to realize that the world will kill the anointed. that it's not the person that they are afraid of but the anointing that person have on their life



    By: Terry Gaines
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    No prophet is recognized in his own country.

    But the spirit of the Lord is upon him.because He has anointed him;

     

    The spirit of the Lord Yahweh has been given to me, for Yahweh has anointed me. He has sent me to bring good news to the poor. to bind up hearts that are broken: to proclaim liberty to captives, freedom to those in prison; to proclaim a year of favour from Yahweh, a day of vengeance for our God, to comfort all those who mourn and to give them for ashes a garland; for mourning robe the oil gladness, for despondency, praise They are to be called `terebinths of integrity`. planted by Yahweh to glorify him. Isaiah 61:1-3 He wanted to demonstrated God`love. This is Jubilee of Jesus.



    By: Takao Ogawa
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    God
    God I am nithya santhosh kumar i think u know me very well.god in ur saying u have told forgive all at any cost but i forgiving those who blame,tease and hate me but again and again they are doing the same mistake. my mind gets confused and i am shouting with my husband.what can i do god.whether to keep silence of whether to make them understand and we need the peace in our mind i dont want to behave like them pl come into my heart god pl i am so vexed.god pl make me pregnant.



    By: Nithya Nithya
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    Jesus rejected at nazareth
    The most appeal to me in the part of the lord Jesus in his mission of his statement was the spirit of the lord God is on him, because he has anointed to preached the good news not only to the poor but to all mankind, he has sent by the God the father to heal the brokenhearted to proclaimed and released to the captives, by recovering of sight to the blind, to delivered thos who were crushed and to proclaim the acceptable year of the lord, the lord jesus crist was the spokeman of the lord god they were comunicating and give the words or good news to the people to correct moral and religious abuses, to proclaim the moral values guided by holy spirit and the true religion which are connected to the character of God.



    By: nathaniel villaruz
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    Jesus Rejected at Nazareth
    Jesus was sent by the Father God to preach the good news, to heal the broken hearted and sick people. Jesus` mission was proclaimed by Jesus himself by reading the book of Isaiah in the Synagogue. All wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth.



    By: Manoj Thomas
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    Jesus Rejected at Nazareth

    Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee, and news about him spread through all the surrounding area. He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.
    He came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. He entered, as was his custom, into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. The book of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. He opened the book, and found the place where it was written,
     "The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
    because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.
    He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted,
    to proclaim release to the captives,
    recovering of sight to the blind,
    to deliver those who are crushed,
    and to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord."
    He closed the book, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fastened on him. He began to tell them, "Today, this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."
    All testified about him, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth, and they said, "Isn't this Joseph's son?"
    He said to them, "Doubtless you will tell me this parable, 'Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we have heard done at Capernaum, do also here in your hometown.'" He said, "Most certainly I tell you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown. But truly I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the sky was shut up three years and six months, when a great famine came over all the land. Elijah was sent to none of them, except to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. There were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed, except Naaman, the Syrian."
    They were all filled with wrath in the synagogue, as they heard these things. They rose up, threw him out of the city, and led him to the brow of the hill that their city was built on, that they might throw him off the cliff. But he, passing through the midst of them, went his way.

    Luke 4:14-30
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