The Sabbatical Year

September 8, 2011 at 8:02 1 comment

[15:1] “At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release.
of his neighbor, his brother, because the LORD’s release has been
proclaimed.   [3] Of a foreigner you may exact it, but whatever 
of yours is with your brother your hand shall release. [4] But 
there will be no poor among you; for the LORD will bless you in 
the land that the LORD your God is giving you for an inheritance 
to possess—  [5] if only you will strictly obey the voice of the 
LORD your God, being careful to do all this commandment that I 
command you today.   [6] For the LORD your God will bless you, as 
he promised you, and you shall lend to many nations, but you 
shall not borrow, and you shall rule over many nations, but 
they shall not rule over you.    [7] “If among you, one of your 
brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your 
land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not 
harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, 
[8] but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient 
for his need, whatever it may be.   [9] Take care lest there be 
an unworthy thought in your heart and you say, ‘The seventh 
year, the year of release is near,’ and your eye look 
grudgingly on your poor brother, and you give him nothing, 
and he cry to the LORD against you, and you be guilty of 
sin.   [10] You shall give to him freely, and your heart 
shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for 
this the LORD your God will bless you in all your 
work and in all that you undertake. [11] For there 
will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore 
I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to 
your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your 
land.’   [12] “If your brother, a Hebrew man or a 
Hebrew woman, is sold to you, he shall serve you 
six years, and in the seventh year you shall let 
him go free from you.   [13] And when you let him go 
free from you, you shall not let him go empty-handed. 
[14] You shall furnish him liberally out of your  
that you do. your brother, a Hebrew man or a Hebrew 
woman, is sold to you, he shall serve you six years, 
and in the seventh year you shall let him go free from 
you.   [13] And when you let him go free from you, you 
shall not let him go empty-handed.   [14] You shall 
furnish him liberally out of your flock, out of your 
threshing floor, and out of your winepress. As the 
LORD your God has blessed you, you shall give to him.
flock, out of your threshing floor, and out of your 
winepress. As the LORD your God has blessed you, you 
shall give to him.   [15] You shall remember that 
you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the 
LORD your God redeemed you; therefore I command 
you this today.   [16] But if he says to you, ‘I 
will not go out from you,’ because he loves you 
and your household, since he is well-off with you, 
[17] then you shall take an awl, and put it 
through his ear into the door, and he shall be your 
slave forever. And to your female slave you shall 
do the same.   [18] It shall not seem hard to you 
when you let him go free from you, for at half 
the cost of a hired worker he has served you six 
years. So the LORD your God will bless you in all 
that you do. your brother, a Hebrew man or a Hebrew 
woman, is sold to you, he shall serve you six years, 
and in the seventh year you shall let him go free from 
you. [15] You shall remember that you were a slave in the 
land of Egypt, and the LORD your God redeemed you; 
therefore I command you this today.   [.16] But if he 
says to you, ‘I will not go out from you,’ because he 
loves you and your household, since he is well-off 
with you,   [17] then you shall take an awl, and put it 
through his ear into the door, and he shall be your 
slave forever. And to your female slave you shall do 
the same.   [18] It shall not seem hard to you when you 
let him go free from you, for at half the cost of a 
hired worker he has served you six years. So the
LORD your GOD bless all that you do.   [19] All the
firstborn males that are born of your herd and
flock you shall dedicate to the Lord your God. Your
shall do no work with the first born of your flock.
[20] You shall eat it, you and your household, before
the Lord your Godyear by year at the place that
the Lord will choose.   [21] But if it has any blemish,
if it is lame or blind or has any serious blemish
whatever, you shall not sacrifice it to the Lord
your God.   [22] You shall  eat it within your
towns. The unclean and the clean alike may
eat it, as though it were a gazelle or a deer.
[23] Only you shall not eat its blood; you
shall pour it out on the ground  like water.
(Deuteronomy 15:12-23 ESV)

This is fortaste of heaven.  Every seven years release servants because you 
were slaves in Egypt and give them supply and support.  Give to the poor, 
so no more poor will be among you; this poor is mentioned three times in 
passage.  God commands us to obey him after he reminds us he is our 
inheritance.  Jesus Christ is the descendent King David answering 
questions his Father's promises to Israel during the Old Testament 
purchased us with his blood.
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  • 1. Dick  |  September 8, 2011 at 8:02

    Paul,

    Thank you for the reminder of the blessed release. As someone has said, “We had a debt that we couldn’t pay and Jesus paid a debt that He didn’t owe.” II Corinthians 8:9 says, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jeus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.”

    Freed by Jesus,

    Dick

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