Today you should read: Leviticus 25
Our passage begins by discussing the Sabbath Year and the Year of Jubilee. For the Jews, the Sabbath year happened every 7 years and it allowed the land to rest. This is modeled after God when He created the world. In Genesis 1-2, God worked on 6 days and then on the 7th day rested from all His creation. God is instructing His people to model after what He has shown them.
In the same way, the Year of Jubilee happened every 50 years and allowed for redemption to happen throughout the land of Israel. Also, verses 23-55, all deal with redemption when the Year of Jubilee comes.
I think there are two key characteristics of God that are pointed out in this passage: rest and redemption. God has given us the example of rest and even from science, we understand that rest is important for our physical, mental, and spiritual health. Trust me, God knows what we need. This is why He is commanding the Israelites to rest themselves and give rest to the land. At the same time, we can truly understand rest when we receive redemption. As people who have been redeemed by God, we follow His instructions and understand that He has designed us uniquely. As humans, we are made in His image, and if God rested then we need to rest. When He has redeemed us, He is restoring us back to how He originally created us.
For example, as believers, we understand that the things of this world are not the most important things. Instead, we can take time off work to spend time with our families and be active in serving in the church. Someone who has not been redeemed might not understand why someone might not want to earn the biggest paycheck or be the most famous.
God has given us redemption through His Son and promises to give eternal rest to all who have a relationship with Him. So this week: How have you given yourself rest? If you haven’t done that, how can you give yourself rest within the next week?
By: Brice Stockton — Student Ministry Apprentice
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