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What is the year of Jubilee and is it something we should do as Christians?
Thank you for your spiritual enquiry. I am glad to hear that you are reading the bible and I trust that this year will be a significant one for you.
The year of Jubilee is found in Leviticus 25:8-22, which goes into detail regarding what would happen before and during a Jubilee, as well as the rules that were to be kept. If you have not read the full passage, I encourage you to do so.
We don't have a biblical record regarding how specifically a year of jubilee worked. We are not even sure that a year of Jubilee took place as we do not have a biblical record of such an event.
The concept of the year of Jubilee is important: it is a time of celebration and remembrance, to remind ourselves of what God has done. By demanding that land is returned to the original owners and that there is freedom for all people, this means that the rich could not exploit the poor by hoarding land or people. Similarly, it would remind us that ultimately nothing belongs to us but to God.
The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein (Psalm 24:1)
Throughout this year, regardless as to how old you are, take some time to celebrate as though this is a year of Jubilee. Throughout the year, thank God for what he has done, is doing, and will do. I encourage you to read your bible, perhaps all the way through if you are able, and to spend much time with other Christians studying and learning about God.
In living your own year of Jubilee, it may not be that you are able to give things away throughout this year, but if you find you have more than you need, then give something away to the poor, that they may be blessed.
[John the Baptist] answered them, “Whoever has two tunics is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.” (Luke 3:11)
Finally, as you seek God's direction, I cannot finish this answer without asking you if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour.
We have not lived a perfect life. The things we do wrong separates us from a Holy God. If we believe Jesus died for the punishment we deserve and accept him as our saviour then we are forgiven. Jesus rose again to conquer sin and death for us and become Lord. If we believe that Jesus rose to new life and accept him as our Lord he gives us new life. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to give us the promise of eternal life.
It is essential to note that we are saved by faith alone in Christ alone. We are not saved for doing the laws found in the Old Testament. We are made right with God through Jesus' death and resurrection. He then calls us to obey him and follow his commands. There is no call from Christ to follow the Old Covenant celebrations like the feast of tabernacles, Passover etc, though there can be a lot of wisdom in applying the meanings of these Old Covenant ceremonies into our walk with the Lord.
For example we are told that "there will be no poor among you; for the Lord will bless you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you" (Deuteronomy 15:4). This is also echoed in the early Church: there was not a needy person among them (Acts 4:34). The main issue is we are made right with God through Jesus:
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
In summary the year of Jubilee was a biblical command from God to proclaim freedom to people and to return land to the original owners. Although we do not have a command from Jesus to obey such feasts and ceremonies, the principles they follow can help us in how we live for God, such as helping the poor. The most important thing is that you are restored to God through accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour.
I do hope this general answer to your question goes some way to helping you find peace with God through Jesus Christ our Lord. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: www.lookingforGod.com
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