2017: The Year of Jubilee
Leviticus 25:10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
“You shall thus consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim a release through the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you, and each of you shall return to his own property, and each of you shall return to his family.”
Church scholars, theologians, and pastors say that 2017 is the year of Jubilee. I join them in believing it important to observe this new year as the Year of Jubilee. Some of you wonder what Jubilee means and what’s the significance of it. Let me explain to you as briefly as I can.
It originates from God’s command in Leviticus 25:10 as you see above. Basically, the idea is that every 50 years, in Israel, all the land will be returned to original families, all debts are cancelled, and all the slaves are freed. The word ‘Jubilee’ comes from the Latin verb iūbilō, “shout for joy” (Wikipedia). Indeed, “it is a time of freedom and celebration because everyone receives back their original property and return home to their families” (Ibid.)
So, as pastor, I too declare that this new year will be our Jubilee in the following three areas: first, Jubilee in our spiritual well-being. We declare to every creature in heavens, on earth, and below the earth that we are free in Christ. No one owns us. We own no one either. As no one should serve two masters, we worship and serve ONLY ONE GOD—whose name is Jehovah the LORD. Next, we declare that we are going to be healthy this year. Yes, I am talking about physical well-being. We declare that it is God’s will for us to be disease free and that God is our Healer. Finally, we declare that we will strive to be free of financial debt. A lot of believers in America live in debt. We will strive to be debt free as soon as possible. We will stay disciplined in our finances that we will not overspend and do everything in our power to pay off our current debt.
So, by the end of 2017, I pray that every one of us will say that this year has been indeed the Year of Jubilee.
See you at church.