This is the Day…Friday
May 22 , 2020
Fifty is a very meaningful number in our lives. Some considered fifty to be a rite of passage with regards to birthdays. It signifies that the first half of our years have been lived. What are we going to do with the second half? Fifty also signifies other things. Like the approximate number of pounds of chocolate which I ate last year. Or maybe the number of pairs of shoes your spouse owns. There are lots of examples of fifty around us.
Fifty is significant for us today because, this is the 50th devotion you have received since I began them in March. I hope you have enjoyed the daily devotions and I always pray that they will help someone to have a better day. But I thought this day was noteworthy because one of my favorite Scripture texts includes the number 5
This text is found in an Old Testament book which we rarely read and often avoid. From Leviticus we read, “Count off seven sabbath years, seven times seven years, so that the seven sabbath years amount to a period of forty-nine years. Then have the trumpet sounded everywhere on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement sound the trumpet throughout your land. Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each of you is to return to your family property and to your own clan.” (Leviticus 25:8-10)
Now, do not get lost in the mathematics of the text. The point is that every fifty years there was a great proclamation and sounding of the trumpet. Everyone was forgiven for all their debts. Everyone was freed. Individuals who had been enslaved were freed! Everyone was free to go home. There were great family reunions and a renewed sense of freedom to live life, unencumbered by the weight of debt and captivity. It was a Jubilee!
The significance of this passage in our lives is the realization that we do not have to wait fifty years to enjoy such freedom. Your day of atonement is today. The trumpet is sounding today. Jesus has become our Jubilee! The debts of your past are forgiven today. The chains which have kept you in sin have been broken today. The guilt that tries to put those chains back together has been released today. The errors of the past which caused pain and sorrow have been healed today. Jesus is the Jubilee!
On this day which God has given you, listen very closely. Because every day, somewhere through the sound of the wind and rain in the midst of the storms, somewhere just past the clanging of the chains that keep you down, there is the faintest sound of a trumpet. That is Jesus. Your Jubilee!