Good morning. My name is Chase Denoux for those of you who don’t know me and I have the privilege today and the task of closing our series entitled The Feasts. And so far in this series, I just want to say I’m blessed and honored to speak after the men that have preached before me. So far we’ve had Joe talk about the Passover. We had Mike talk about first fruits. We had Jasan and the worship team go through the trumpets.
We had Josh Mayes talk about the tents and the Tabernacle. And last week we had Josh Franco talk about the day of Atonement. And today we’re going to be talking about the year of Jubilee. All right, we’ll get there when we get there. Thank you. So, you know, we’ve been talking about these feasts and the way that we’ve presented them, and I’m sure the way that you’ve thought about them, because they’re called the feast of the festivals that they’re celebrations.
But they’re very different than the celebrations we have today or the way that we think about celebrations today. You know, celebrations now, they don’t really mean much. And what I mean by that is, sure, we have birthdays and anniversaries and we celebrate people in those times. But when it’s over, after the cake in the party and the gifts, then you just go on with life as normal, right? It doesn’t change your life. Your birthday party doesn’t change your life.
Even though an anniversary is special, you still go on with life afterwards. But with the feast and what we’ve been talking about, these meant something to God. These dates, these times, they meant something to God because they were supposed to change the life of his people. It wasn’t supposed to be they had it and then life went back like normal before. That makes sense? So as we think about the feast, as you go back to your notes, as you rewatch the series, know that these are supposed to change your life.
It’s not supposed to be a thing where you move on in life as normal continues afterwards. So today we’re going to jump right in. And as many of you know, in the scriptures, there is a significance to the number seven. And we’re not going to go through all of it, but it goes all the way back to creation where God created the heavens and the Earth in six days and on the seventh day, he rested. And so today we’re going to be camping out in Leviticus twenty five for a bit and at this point the Israelites are in the Sinai wilderness, but they’re preparing to go into the promised land.
And so God instructed his people that once they entered every seven years, they were to cease work and rest and also allow the land to rest as well. And this was going to be known as the Sabbath year, and they were to have seven sets of seven and seven times seven is forty nine. It’s probably the only time you’ll see a basic math slide on a Sunday service. So you have seven sets of seven. And in the fiftieth year would be the year of Jubilee.
And this was to happen every 50 years. So the question is, what happens during this year of Jubilee? Well, let’s jump into Leviticus twenty five together, starting in verse eight. It’s explaining exactly what we just talked about. Count off seven Sabbath years, seven times seven years, so that the seventh Sabbath, seven Sabbath years amounts to a period of forty nine years, then have the trumpet sound everywhere on the 10th day of the seventh month on the day of Atonement, sound the trumpet throughout your land.
So the year of Jubilee starts on the day of Atonement, which we talked about last week. And what’s cool is if you read through Leviticus, the first half of Leviticus, including the Day of Atonement, would be about access to God, how you have access to God. We talked about sacrifice and how you have access last week. And the second half of Leviticus and a lot of what we’re talking about today is the walk with God. So as you read through, you’re getting access to God and then the walk with God.
Let’s continue verse 10. It says, 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, into your own clan. The fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you. Do not so and do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the untended vines. For it is a jubilee and is to be holy for you. Eat only what is taken directly from the fields.
So the first thing that we see during the year of Jubilee is that there is to be rest and similar to the Sabbath year, it’s rest for the people and rest for the land. And God isn’t simply telling his people to rest for the sake of resting. He’s also telling them that they need to trust him, that he will provide through this year. Check out Leviticus twenty five, verse twenty, it says, You may ask, what will we eat in the seventh year if we do not plant or harvest our crops?
I will send you such a blessing in the sixth year that the land will yield enough for three years. While you plant during the eighth year, you will eat from the old crop and continue to eat from it until the harvest of the ninth year comes. So you remember they’re in sets of seven, so year forty nine would have been a Sabbath year in a year of rest and then there would have been another year of rest in the year of Jubilee.
So what God is telling his people here is that in year six or year forty eight, I’m going to provide such a blessing for you that you’re going to be good in year seven or year forty nine and year eight or year fifty the year of Jubilee. And then he says and even into the ninth year or year one, if you’re looking at it in a 50 year scale, you’ll still have you’ll still be eating from year six. Does that make sense?
I know its a lot of numbers. So as they rest, they are to trust in God and understand that he alone is their provider, which will come back to you in a little bit. But let’s jump back into Leviticus twenty five, verse thirteen. It says In this year of Jubilee, everyone is to return to their own property. If you sell land to any of your own people or buy land from them, do not take advantage of each other.
You are to buy from your own people on the basis of the number of years since the Jubilee, and they are to sell to you on the basis of the number of years left for harvesting crops. When the years are many, you are to increase the price and when the years are few, you are to decrease the price because what is really being sold to you is the number of crops do not take advantage of each other, but fear your God.
I am the Lord your God. We’ll jump to verse twenty three. It says the land must not be sold permanently because the land is mine and you reside in my land as foreigners and strangers. Throughout the land that you hold as a possession, you must provide the redemption of the land. So the second thing that we see is supposed to happen during the year jubilee is redemption of land. See, the plan for when the Israelites went into Canaan was that it would be divided up into the 12 tribes in the clans within those tribes, and depending on how big your tribe is, your clan was was how much land you would get, so on and so forth.
But God is instructing his people that if someone falls on hard times and has to sell part of their land, then in the year of Jubilee there’s to be a reset and that the land is to be returned to its original owners. So there’s the shifting back to the original form. And God even instructed a price structure for the land so that no one would take advantage of one another. Check out verses 15 and 16 again. It says you are to buy from your own people on the basis of numbers of years left in the Jubilee.
And they are to sell to you on the basis of the number of years left for harvesting crops. When the years are many, you are to increase the price, and when the years are few, you are to decrease the price. Basically what he’s saying is that if you buy land from me in year two of a 50 year scale, the price will be high. Why? Because you have forty eight years to harvest that land. But if you buy land for me in year forty five of the 50 years, the price would be significantly lower because you only have five years to harvest that land.
So in South Florida, we would we would want the jubilee discount with the way housing is right now, but there’s there’s obviously a bigger point to all this, right? I know you’re thinking, why are you talking about rest in the price of land thousands of years ago? But look, if you read chapters twenty five and twenty six of Leviticus and you don’t do the digging, you’ll think that land is all you’re reading about because it mentions it thirty nine times in these two chapters.
But what God is really telling his people is that I am Lord over this land, it’s mine. You’re foreigners and strangers here and I’m also Lord over you. And on top of that, I’m also Lord over your calendar. I tell you when to do everything. I am Lord. I brought you out of Egypt so you’re mine. But if you do what I say, you’ll be blessed beyond measure because I am your provider. See, God is preparing his people to go into Canaan.
They’re going from slavery to prosperity. And he’s reminding them that he is God and he is the reason for that. And obviously, if they go into the land of Canaan, they’re going to be living near the Canaanites. And if you do some research about the Canaanites, you’ll see that they actually worshipped prosperity. See, God’s people are going from slavery to prosperity, but he’s telling them you are not to worship that prosperity. See, the Canaanites, they had a god for fertility and called it Baal, they worshiped the grain harvest and called it Dagon.
They needed water as everyone did. So they worshiped the river and they called it Nahar. And they saw the sea as powerful. And they worshiped that as well and called it Yamm. See God is telling his people just he’s not just telling them to rest and how to act towards the land, he’s telling them how to act towards him as God and his people. He’s saying, don’t worship the river because I’m the one that made it flow. He’s saying, don’t worship the harvest because I’m the one that makes it flourish.
And the sea is powerful because I told it to be. Check out these scriptures in Leviticus, twenty five kind of riddled throughout in verse 17 and says, Fear your God for I am Yahweh your God verse thirty six. It says, fear your God. Verse thirty eight. It says, I am Yahweh, your God. Verse forty three. Fear your God. Verse fifty five. I am Yahweh, your God. I know it’s repetitive, but God is driving home the point that I am to be your only God and you should only fear me.
So rest and the redemption of land are the first two things we see are supposed to be done during the year of Jubilee. Let’s jump back into Leviticus twenty five, jumping forward to verse thirty five. It says, if any of your fellow Israelites become poor and are unable to support themselves among you. If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and are unable to support themselves among you, help them as you would a foreigner and a stranger so that they can continue to live among you, do not take interest or any profit from them, but fear your God so that you may they may continue to live among you.
You must not lend them money at interest or sell them food at a profit. I am the Lord, your God who brought you out of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan and be your God. If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and sell themselves to you, do not make them work as slaves for they are to be treated as hired workers or temporary residents among you. They are to work for you until the year of Jubilee. Then they and their children are to be released and they are to go back to their own clans and to the property of their ancestors.
Because the Israelites are my servants whom I brought out of Egypt, they must not be sold as slaves. Do not rule over them ruthlessly, but fear your God. So the final two things that we see are supposed to happen in the year of Jubilee is the cancelation of debt and the release of servants. And I want to explain this because it’s so beautiful and not only for the surface level or the obvious reason. So during this time period, there’s no provision for bankruptcy, right?
So if you are a Jew and you lost all your money through mismanagement or sickness or laziness or for whatever reason and you owed your Israelite money that you couldn’t pay, you would have to hire yourself or become an employee of them and oftentimes your family as well in order to pay off your debt. But every 50 years in the year of Jubilee, God is saying, no matter how much you owe that person, you are to go free you and your family.
And not only that, but you get to return to the land that was initially yours or was owned by your ancestors. So it was a complete reset. So I know many of us would love that in life, a complete reset start from ground zero. But if we dive a little deeper in this you start to see so many things that God is really communicating to his people. He’s going out of his way to put his people on equal ground.
And I love this about God. It’s like he’s at the center. And as his people get the land, they kind of venture out. Some do well, some don’t do so well. But then, like a gravitational pull, he brings everyone back to him and sets everyone on equal ground. He wants everyone to understand that they’re important and valuable even when they could easily feel the opposite about themselves. Because we have to remember that the Israelites were enslaved by the Egyptians for over 400 years, so God is teaching them a new way of life and a new culture.
And it’s one where they’re to look out for one another and not take advantage of each other and to understand that being enslaved for all of all those years is not where your identity is found. And you’re never to put your brother in that situation again. Rather, you’re to show mercy and make sure that they can continue to live among God’s people. So even though their material or monetary value may have been low, God still valued them the same in his kingdom and made them a part of his family.
It’s really quite amazing because God was trying to avoid this system that we see destroy our world today. He’s trying to make sure that the rich didn’t continue to get richer and the poor continue to get poorer. He was trying to make sure that generations weren’t destroyed before they got to start. Rather, they were able to return to the land of their ancestors and start fresh. Just imagine if we thought about people around us this way in our world now.
If we thought these are God’s people, so if they’re struggling, I will not profit off of them. Because they’re God’s children, just like me. God is trying to do away with status and greed and selfishness and get his people to understand that it’s about loving, trusting and praising him and loving his people. So to sum it all up a little bit, the jubilee brings rest, redemption and release. So the natural next question is, how does this relate back to us today?
I want to take a look at Isaiah sixty one, which is entitled The Year of the Lord’s Favor, and it actually captures the spirit of what the year of Jubilee was supposed to be. So I want to read it in its entirety. So hang with me. It’s 11 versus. Isaiah sixty one starting in verse one it says, The spirit of the sovereign lord is on me because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God. To comfort all who mourn and provide for those who grieve in Zion, to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning and a garment of praise instead of spirit. Instead of a spirit of despair, they will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.
They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated. They will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations. Strangers will shepherd your flocks, foreigners will work your fields and vineyards, and you will be called Priest of the Lord. You will be named Ministers of our God. You will feed on the wealth of nations and in their riches you will boast. Instead of your shame, you will receive a double portion. And instead of disgrace, you will be rejoiced, you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land and everlasting joy will be yours. For I the Lord love justice. I hate robbery and wrongdoing. In my faithfulness, I will reward my people and make an everlasting covenant with them. Their descendants will be known among the nations and their offspring among the peoples. All who see them will acknowledge that they are a people the Lord has blessed. I delight greatly in the Lord my soul rejoices in my God, for He has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me with the robe of his righteousness as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest and as a bride adorns herself with jewels.
For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seed to grow, so the sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations. I want to encourage you to go back and read Isaiah 61 this week and meditate on it. We don’t have time to discuss it in depth, but this is the spirit of the year of Jubilee. And in Luke Chapter four, Jesus quotes the first two verses which says, The spirit of the Lord is on me because he’s anointed me to proclaim the good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind to set the oppressed free to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. And it goes on to say at the end that today the scriptures fulfilled in your hearing. This is beautiful because what Jesus is communicating here is that he came to be the final and ultimate jubilee. Think about all the things that we’ve discussed so far today and know that Jesus brings those things times a million.
Jesus brings us true rest in him. Matthew, 11, says, Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest, take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble and heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. So the question for us is, where do we seek rest? Is it simply a physical rest that we’re looking for more sleep, more leisure time?
Or is it the true rest that we find in God that requires trust that he will provide the answers that we seek in life? Remember, just like the Israelites, God’s not instructing us to rest for the sake of rest. It’s about remembering that he is our God and we need to put our trust in him and that he is our provider in every aspect of life. He also brings us access to a land that was not ours, but his. John 14 verse 2, says, My father’s house has many rooms.
If it were not so what I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me. That you may also be where I am. You know, the way to the place where I’m going. See, through Jesus, we have a chance. To have access to heaven and go live with God, the father eternally.
So we’re being prepared in this life to go live with them in the next, just like the Israelites were being prepared to go into Canaan, and though we don’t have to deal with worship of the river, the rain or the sea or the harvest, we do have gods that people worship all around us. We just call them retirement fund and comfort and vacation home and entertainment or whatever, that you’re tempted to put your hope in over God alone. Are we allowing these gods or distractions around us to compete with the true rest that we find in Christ, which could ultimately affect whether or not we enter heaven, which is being prepared for us?
You know, as a culture, we spend so much time and energy worrying about everything or suppressing worry and not thinking about anything and having anxiety attacks later on. And Jesus and Matthew six tells us, don’t worry about your life, what you’ll eat or what you’ll drink, not don’t worry about your body, what you’ll wear, talks about how God feeds the birds of the air so he’ll surely take care of you as well. Because you are valuable.
We should find rest in that. So Jesus brings true rest and redeems us and gives us access to heaven. Let’s take a look at Colossians Chapter two together. It says, When you were dead and your sins and in your the circumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us. He has taken it away, nailing it to the cross and having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them triumphing over them by the Cross
And Romans six says, don’t you know that when you offer yourself to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey, whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death or to obedience, which leads to righteousness. But thanks be to God that through you, though you used to be slaves, to say you have come to obey from your hearts the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
See, Jesus, bringing the Jews jubilee also cancels our debt and releases us from the slavery to sin. See, for the Israelites in Leviticus, the cancelation of debt in the release of servitude gave them a chance to reset and start over and be able to get back on their feet. But think about what this meant for the entire world as a whole. When Jesus died to cancel our debt and give us a chance at freedom to start over and give us a new life, not just for here and now, but forever after death as well.
You know, we’re not simply being given back a piece of land here on Earth. We’re literally getting the opportunity to go be with the creator of everything on this earth. And not only that, but we’re also given a family to help us get there. And we need to view this as that and love one another. In first Corinthians 12, it says, Just as a body, though, one has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it so it is with Christ, for we were all baptized by one spirit so as to form one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free.
And we were all given the one spirit to drink. Even so, the body is not made up of one part, but of many. And it goes on to say if the foot says because I’m not a hand, I’m not part of the body, it doesn’t mean that it’s so. And one part can’t say I’m greater than the other. I don’t need the other. What I’m getting at is that God is making it a point to make sure that we understand that we are supposed to be one.
There should be no status among us right? Equal ground, like we talked about earlier. We are God’s people and God’s family, point blank, period. And here’s the great thing, we all kind of stink anyways, we’re all a mess. And only through Jesus can we find true rest. Only because of Jesus do we have a chance to go to heaven. Only because of Jesus, are our debts canceled and only because of Jesus are we released from the slavery of sin.
No matter how much money you have, no matter how much status you have, whether you’re tall or short, have hair or bald, we’re on equal ground and we all need Jesus to gain these things. And it’s also only because of Jesus that we have this family that we’re sitting around right now. And on that note of family, I want to share something that I learned that was really cool while preparing the sermon, I learned that next October is the 50 year anniversary of the Brown Church, which is really cool.
I thought it was amazing to be able to talk about the year of Jubilee, which happens every 50 years. And in a short time, we will turn 50, and so I wanted to share some memories from the church, not just mine, some before I was born and some of my own as well. So. This is the original mission team for the Broward church. Nineteen seventy two and the pictures over here on the side are when the church was built in nineteen eighty five.
Here are some pictures that show the different names of the church over the years, some different logos that we’ve had, kind of cool to look back on the past and see where we’ve come from. But for me, my own personal history is here as well. You know, I’ve made best friends here. I don’t know where I would be without many of them. My family was made whole here. What I mean by that is that my sister and I became disciples here.
And now I have the opportunity to give back. Help lead the ministry that I became a part of in two thousand and four. You know, I grew up here, I forgot to put this picture here, this picture right here is right over in that hallway. And, you know, this was the first baptism I got to be a part of while helping lead the teens, you know, Carlo and I were able to connect and we were able to learn from one another.
And one day Carlo will go do the same with many others. I put that there just so I wouldn’t have to keep looking at it, but I share this as not as an excuse to throw up pictures of myself. Trust me, I would rather not have done that. But I think it’s important because there’s hundreds of us here in the Broward church that could come up and tell stories like this the way our lives have been impacted, the people that we’ve got to know, the family that we’ve built.
You know, I started off today by saying that celebrations don’t really mean that much in today’s culture, we have a party, then we move on. But the feast that we’ve been talking about, the year of Jubilee and all the others that were that that led up to this, they mean something and they meant something to God then and they mean something now for us to learn from. So as our Broward church jubilee approaches, let’s make it mean something in our lives, let’s find true rest in Christ, be redeemed by his blood and be released from the grip of sin.
And let’s let Jesus the living jubilee change us forever amen? let’s pray together. Dear father, thank you so much for who you are. The way that you love us. Thank you for sending your son. God, thank you for allowing us to learn from the Old Testament. But that it always points to your son in some form or fashion. I thank you for the fact that we can truly find rest in him. God, that we can have redemption through his blood and have access to heaven.
God, I thank you for being released from the grips of sin. God, I thank you for the family that we have here in Broward. God, as we look forward to our 50 year anniversary, I pray that it really does change us, that we think about these things that your son provided for us. I pray that we remember that you are God alone and that none of this is possible without you. God, I pray that we never take that for granted, we never take this family that we have for granted, that we look around as we sing it’s a closed today and we see one another as family.
We don’t want to take advantage of one another. God, we want to love one another and be on equal ground. God, we love you. We thank you for who you are. It’s in your son’s name. We pray.