Tag: Isaiah 61:1-2
Scripture reading for February 9th: Leviticus 24-27
In our culture, Golden anniversaries are special. When a couple has been together 50 years there is always a celebration! God also uses the 50th year calling it the year of Jubilee! On the 50th year, debts were to be forgiven and property that was taken or bought from the original owner was restored and given back. On this year, no one was to work the land. The land would be left to rest and whatever grew without any human effort was to be used for food for the people. It pictured the reign of Messiah, when He would come and restore the fortunes and possessions of his people and vanquish their enemies.
The Jubilee was the culmination of seven periods of seven years. After six years, the Israelites were to rest their land for a year. God promised to provide enough for them in the sixth year to carry them through until the harvest of the eighth year. After seven cycles, following the 49th year, on the Day of Atonement, the priests were to sound the trumpet and announce the beginning of the Year of Jubilee! (Leviticus 25:8-10) God again would provide a second year for His people without their effort.
But the Israelites never took the Sabbath years every seventh year and they never did have a Year of Jubilee. They knew about it but failed to do what God asked. When we fail to obey, God always has his way. The Israelites went for seventy years of captivity in Babylon so that the land where they had lived and neglected God’s command could have it’s rest! (2nd Chronicles 36:20-21)
In the New Testament (Luke 4:18-20), Jesus announced His calling and ministry by reading from Isaiah 61:1-2. The proclamation of the “year of the Lord’s favor” was a reference to “Jubilee”! Jesus is our Jubilee! In Him, we have restoration and a return of our stolen property. God wants us to find our food, fulfillment, and blessing from His grace, not our works! Jubilee is a picture of Jesus’ provision for every person who trusts in Him by faith!
Why do you think the Israelites never kept those Sabbath years? As you think about Jesus Christ and the ‘jubilee’ or ‘year of His favor’, what are you looking forward to the most?
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words. 1st Thessalonians 4:16-18
Scripture reading for August 22nd: Galatians 5
Key scriptures for over-comers: Galatians 5:22-25 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.”
The New Testament Spirit-filled believer should be marked by fruit of the Holy Spirit. This grows from living and walking in fellowship with Jesus through the Spirit and study of the word of God. Through faith in Jesus’ sacrifice and taking His word as truth, we crucify the flesh and its passions. This is a process called sanctification that is progressive throughout our life on earth. But there are temptations and spiritual warfare in the form of thoughts and imaginations that must be dealt with each day by keeping in step with the Holy Spirit. Conceit, envy, and provoking are common enemies!
Observations for over-comers: Praying in the Holy Spirit and daily study of God’s word will help us over-come the attacks of the sinful nature and Satan. “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. . .” (Isaiah 61:1-2)
Scripture reading for August 10th: 2nd Corinthians 10
Key scriptures for over-comers: 2nd Corinthians 10:3-5 “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
Christians are living in a hostile world and are under daily attack from their enemy Satan and the temptations of the world and their yet to be crucified flesh. These attacks often take the form of lies that entice us to go against what we know as true about God and His standard of holiness. The mind becomes a battlefield when we entertain these arguments and pretensions. But God has given His people powerful weapons to fight these wicked spiritual forces. We have the truth of God’s holy Word that sets us free from the lies. We have the Holy Spirit of Truth that reminds us of the words of Jesus and helps us to pray in the Spirit. We have the Name of Jesus Christ that causes the forces of hell to retreat in terror! Praise the Lord!
Observations for over-comers: Over-comers know and use their God-given weapons to win battles in their minds against accusing and tempting spirits of darkness! “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. . .” (Isaiah 61:1-2)