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Hi, the year of Jubilee in Lev. today reminded me of God's awesome power and glory and Jesus ministry in the song, "out of Zion", Behold he comes riding on a cloud, shining like the sun as the trumpets calls, lift your voice, its the Day of Jubilee, out of Zion's hill, salvation comes! It is here for the taking if any will come humbly to the throne. Praise God for his Mercy and restitution of all souls. God bless you Mike in all you do in your ministry and for this blog, it is reaching souls and changing lives daily!

Actually, the song is Days of Elijah. What a happy song it is. Reminds me of this as well.

Hello All,

I love the thought of Jubilee as well--the idea of starting fresh and starting others fresh...recognizing that the land (really everything) is the Lord's...good concepts to dwell upon and certainly fulfilled in Christ.

My husband (Briggs--you'll see him post occasionally) had time for Bob Deffinbaugh's commentary on the year of Jubilee this morning and really enjoyed it. We are both turning into Deffinbaugh groupies! ; )

One general theme impressed me from today's reading: our condition, i.e., our "state of the union" if you will--is entirely dependent upon Him and not upon our outward circumstances. This is how rich people can be miserably poor, how people can be surrounded by strong walls, yet tremble in fear inwardly. Our outward condition is but one piece of a much bigger equation. It is God who makes the difference. Thus we get verses like this (reflecting the negative)

"And as for those of you who are left, I will send faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies. The sound of a driven leaf shall put them to flight, and they shall flee as one flees from the sword, and they shall fall when none pursues." Leviticus 26:36

or like this: (reflecting the positive)

"I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid." -Leviticus 26:6

For me this also ties into the idea of Proverbs 10:22

"The blessing of the LORD makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it." Proverbs 10:22

It is His divine hand over our lives that makes the difference...not any efforts to secure riches, safety or peace by our own hands or the hands of others.

Just thinking,

Reading through the passages the last few days I noticed God's commands regarding slavery. I wonder why he allowed slavery after he freed them from the Egyptians. Surely he knows how they were treated. Why would he allow it?

'Prediction' is a good word to use, as it relates to the prophetic aspect of Jesus informing his disciples that He would be betrayed to religious authorities, who would condemn Him to death, and then given to Gentiles to be abused and killed.(Mark 10:33,34)

After considering how much control Christ had over the situation, whereas He had the power to call the crucifixion off at any moment - though not to imply that He ever would have. Just to note that He had that authority; He is the King. Can that relate to His obedience?(Philippians 2:8)

Jesus was walking so straight, and loving us so much - what He faced must have been so clear in His mind. Jesus foretelling His death was an 'announcement'; "He must be killed and after three days rise again."(Mark 8:31)

Just as it was first foretold in the Old Testament, it was necessary that Christ should intervene for the purpose of saving men - the cross being His destination, and salvation being His purpose. Christ was to suffer, die on the cross, rise from the dead and ascend to heaven - which He did!

This was a message more important than the all of the front page headlines combined - that quickly turn yellow. Even more important than John the Baptist shouting "Behold the Lamb of God!" Little did they understand at the time, that announcement by Christ - the son of man was going to Jerusalem, then to suffer, die and rise again - would be one of the greatest announcements ever heard by men.

Michael Card has a beautiful song called "Jubilee". Unfortunately an internet search shows a different song connected to the title. If you can get a copy of the Scribbling in the Sand CD by Michael Card, it is worth it just for this song!

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