Scripture: from verse 10
You are to consecrate the fiftieth year, proclaiming freedom throughout the land to all its inhabitants…everyone is to return to his family.
Observation: The fiftieth year was Jubilee – debts were wiped away and land ownership reverted to the family who originally owned it. God points out in verse 23 that they are all leasing land from Him anyway.
What struck me is that everyone was to return to his family as part of the year of freedom. Jubilee was meant to be a year of reconciliation and reconnection as well as a time of rest and returning to God. The debts to be wiped away were not just financial but also the emotional debts that can stress families so badly.
God wants us to be at peace with others, because emotional debts keep us from knowing God’s freedom. Old slights and arguments and angry spirals stay in our hearts if we don’t deal with them, and pop up just when we wish they wouldn’t.
Just as God is the ultimate owner of everything we have, we also need to let Him mediate our relationships with those around us. He knows their hearts, and He is working in their hearts, just as He knows and is working in our hearts. He will create justice and life and order; we don’t have to. All will be well.
Application: To the extent that it depends on you, live in peace with all people. (Romans 12:18)
Prayer: Yeshua, thank you for being my Peace. Thank you for offering Peace to everyone I know. Help me to stay in that peace and extend it to others. Amen.