REMEMBERING WITH JOY/CREATING AN EQUITABLE ECONOMY/JOYFUL RESPONSIBILITY
Study Date: 20 May 18
Scripture: Leviticus 25: 1-12
Biblical Date: 1445 B.C.
Biblical Location: MOUNT SINAI
KEY VERSE: “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.” (Leviticus 25: 10)
- To explore the year of jubilee and its implications.
- To understands God’s instructions and regulations regarding the year of jubilee.
- To realize that God intends us to rejoice in His provisions for us.
- To aspire to own less and give more.
- To plan the faithful distribution of our personal wealth.
- To live free of the bondage and servitude of this world.
RESOURCES FOR THE SEED
Leviticus 26: 3-6; Acts 4: 32-37; Galatians 6: 1-5; Leviticus 26: 9-13; Leviticus 25: 13-17; Leviticus 25: 35-38.
WORDS TO REMEMBER
Commandments—the law, the statues, the directives of God for His people, orders, mandates.
Consecrate—To be set aside and made acceptable to God, solemnly devoted..
Holy—Godlike, spiritually perfect, made whole, hallowed, sacred, divine,
Gather—to fence, to restrain, to fortify, to enclose.
Increase—be fruitful, revenue.
Rest—sabbath, not to work, time of atonement.
Sow—scatter seed, spread about..
TILLING THE SOIL/BREAKING UP FALLOW GROUND
Who wrote the book of Leviticus?
What was the purpose of this book?
What provisions have God made for us when we are finished working?
Aside from rest what can those who observe it expect to receive?
What are some of the restrictions believers are to abide by?
Is the call for holiness clear and clarion?
What is God reaction to holy living?
THE SEED REMEMBERING WITH JOY/JOYFUL RESPONSIBILITY LEVITICUS 25: 1-12
- A Rest Year (Leviticus 25: 1-5) Everything Needs Rest.
- God was speaking to His servant Moses at Mount Sinai.
- Moses was to deliver God message to His people.
- The Message was about how to behave in the land of promise.
- For six years the people were to sow, prune, and gather.
- The seventh year, they were not to reap what they had now sowed.
- Seven Years of Sabbath (Leviticus 25: 6-8) Years of Sabbath with Joy.
- This was a year for rest.
- Everything would be able to eat when they followed the order of God.
- They would all have meat to eat with joy
- The Day of Atonement (Leviticus 25: 9-10) When All Are One.
- After 49 years things would change.
- Jubile would come in the seventh month as a day of atonement.
- The fiftieth year would be set aside unto God and the people would be free to return home.
- The Year of Jubilee (Leviticus 25: 11-12) The Year of Great Joy.
- The year of jubilee would be exciting and with plenty to gather.
- Jubile would be holy for the people and God.
- There would be plenty to in the field.
We have wonderful freedom in Christ and should rejoice in it. For we are free and no longer bound by sin.
PLANTING THE SEED
How did Israel’s agricultural cycle reflect the work of the week and the day?
What were the people to do every seven years?
What were they to do with what they grew every seven years?
Why were they to observe the Sabbath year?
What did God promise to do in the sixth year?
How did the Sabbath Year relate to those in exile?
When was the year of Jubilee?
What was the liberty of the Jubilee year?
How were the Sabbath year and the Jubilee Year to be times of joyfulness?
What are some practical values of these two events to us today?
NURTURING THE SEED
Why is it always important to remember what God has done and how He brought you?
How does gratitude to God impact the way we care for what He has done?
Why is it important to take time to rest and enjoy life?
What should we do to prioritize people and things?
How can we apply the concept of the Year of Jubilee to our lives today?
What does the Year of Jubilee indicate about forgiveness and God’s love?
FRUIT FROM THE SEED
God always prepares His people to receive His blessings.
There is a time and season to work and a time and season to rest.
Just as we keep a Sabbath for ourselves, we should keep one for the land.
We should appreciate god by being good stewards over what He has entrusted to us.
Possession must never become more important than people.
Resting and reflecting on the blessings of God bring joy to us.
We do well to see God as the ultimate Owner of all things.
The Sabbath and the Jubilee Years help us to totally trust God.