Kyle Kooyers

Sunday, September 6, 2015

It’s Labor Day Weekend… “America’s Annual Sabbath”. As seen by the one day we get a year, little attention is given to rest, since it hampers production. Indeed, productivity seems to be the law of this land. Yet, in the Law given to Israel, God graces her people with a special Sabbath every 50 years. In the Year of Jubilee, the land is given rest, debts are forgiven with seized property being returned to its original owners, and those who are captive as slaves are set free. The Jubilee Law is a snapshot of the Kingdom of God! Seem too good to be true? Well even Israel may have struggled to follow this one. But this vision of Jubilee is what the Prophet Isaiah offered as a balm to Israel as their world came crashing down around them. And the same vision is offered by Jesus as he reads from the Scroll of Isaiah in the synagogue, proclaiming “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” Indeed we have been shown the fullness of Jubilee in the person of Christ and are called to live in to the reality of God's Kingdom. But, wait, how do we really live out Jubilee?

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