On my way to the office today, a rather disgruntled driver blew his horn at the car that was in front of me. I’m not sure what precipitated his “laying on the horn”–– but it certainly got my attention! Did you know that, according to the Jewish calendar, there are some folks who feel we are just coming out of the Jubilee Year? Based upon their calculations, the celebration began on September 23, 2015 and ended on October 2, 2016. According to the book of Leviticus, a loud trumpet (made from the horn of a ram) was blown, announcing every 50th year… as the Year of Jubilee. Well, let’s blow that horn!
We read in Leviticus 25:8-13 “In addition, you must count off seven Sabbath years, seven sets of seven years, adding up to forty-nine years in all. Then on the Day of Atonement in the fiftieth year, blow the ram’s horn loud and long throughout the land. Set this year apart as holy, a time to proclaim freedom throughout the land for all who live there. It will be a jubilee year for you, when each of you may return to the land that belonged to your ancestors and return to your own clan. This fiftieth year will be a jubilee for you. During that year you must not plant your fields or store away any of the crops that grow on their own, and don’t gather the grapes from your unpruned vines. It will be a jubilee year for you, and you must keep it holy. But you may eat whatever the land produces on its own. In the Year of Jubilee each of you may return to the land that belonged to your ancestors.” (NLT)
For Israel, there were three distinct and essential aspects of the Jubilee Year: a cry for freedom, a claim for restitution, and a call for simplified living. Nothing was expected of the people; but faith in Jehovah and confidence in His power and provision. Should it be any different for us, as believers entering into a new year of ministry together? In his first epistle to Timothy, the Apostle Paul said this: “But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.” (1. Timothy 1:6-8, NASB)
I think we should “sound the horn”–– of simplicity… declaring that this New Year will be for us, a Year of Jubilee!
Simply Satisfied, in Christ… Pastor Daryle