Show Others Godly Grace Lev. 25:10-22, 35-38 May 30, 2010
Do you know the most popular hymn of all time is Amazing Grace? If you have personally received this grace
it should not be a problem for you to Show Others Godly Grace.
1. Show Others Godly Grace Through . . Celebrating The Jubilee Year. 25:10-13
A. Celebrating The Jubilee Year Through . . Obedience. 25:10-11
10 And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its
inhabitants. It shall be a Jubilee for you; and each of you shall return to his possession, and each of you
shall return to his family.
11 That fiftieth year shall be a Jubilee to you; in it you shall neither sow nor reap what grows of its own
accord, nor gather the grapes of your untended vine.
B. Celebrating The Jubilee Year Through . . Observing The Commands. 10:12-13
12 For it is the Jubilee; it shall be holy to you; you shall eat its produce from the field.
13 'In this Year of Jubilee, each of you shall return to his possession.
The Life Application Study Bible states, “There is no indication in the Bible that the Year of Jubilee was ever carried out. If Israel had followed this practice faithfully, they would have been a society without permanent poverty.” In addition I found two or three Bible Dictionaries that state a similar view. One suggested Israel would not have gone into captivity if they followed the Lord’s commands for this year of Jubilee. The emphasis on obedience and God’s ownership would definitely make a difference. Today if we think we own wealth we may get committed to the wealth rather than God. The principal teaching behind tithing awakens us to the fact of God’s ownership of everything.
2. Show Others Godly Grace Through . . Complying To The Instructions. 25:14-22
A. Complying To The . . Detailed Instructions. 25:14-16
14 And if you sell anything to your neighbor or buy from your neighbor's hand, you shall not oppress one
another. 15 According to the number of years after the Jubilee you shall buy from your neighbor, and
according to the number of years of crops he shall sell to you. 16 According to the multitude of years you
shall increase its price, and according to the fewer number of years you shall diminish its price; for he sells
to you according to the number of the years of the crops.
B. Complying To The . . Dwelling Instructions. 25:17-22
17 Therefore you shall not oppress one another, but you shall fear your God; for I am the Lord your God.
18 'So you shall observe My statutes and keep My judgments, and perform them; and you will dwell in the
land in safety.
19 Then the land will yield its fruit, and you will eat your fill, and dwell there in safety.
20 'And if you say, "What shall we eat in the seventh year, since we shall not sow nor gather in our
produce?" 21 Then I will command My blessing on you in the sixth year, and it will bring forth produce
enough for three years. 22 And you shall sow in the eighth year, and eat old produce until the ninth year;
until its produce comes in, you shall eat of the old harvest.
God certainly gave detailed instructions on how to observe this year of jubilee. The fact that Israel wondered in the wilderness and did not own anything may have influenced their failure to observe this teaching.
God promised if the people obeyed and observed the details of His commands they would dwell in safety. God also answered the question some must have been asking about the command to not plant in this special year of rest. He promised to make the year before the jubilee and bumper crop where He would provide in such a way yhere would be no shortage of food. They were to eat the food from an older harvest. Can you just hear someone complaining about not having any fresh beans or corn? At the same time I am sure God could make year old vegetables taste fresh.
3. Show Others Godly Grace Through . . Compassion On The Poor. 25:35-38
A. Compassion While . . Lending To The Poor. 25:35-37
35 'If one of your brethren becomes poor, and falls into poverty among you, then you shall help him, like a stranger or a sojourner, that he may live with you. 36 Take no usury or interest from him; but fear your God, that your brother may live with you. 37 You shall not lend him your money for usury, nor lend him your food at a profit.
B. Compassion While Remembering The . . Land Of Egypt. 25:38
38 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, to give you the land of Canaan and to be your God. NKJV
I must confess I get tired of some people begging for money from the church who never attend. It seems some think the church exist just to pay electric bills or rent for them when they do not work. Some make sure they have cigarets but expect the church to help them on major financial concerns The other side of that is that I try to go out of my way to help a Christian who really tried but ran into difficult times through no fault of their own. If the church knows of a really needy person who wants to borrow money they need to do all they can to help. In fact many time the churches I pastored gave the people money and said, “you don’t have to pay it back”but the people did their best to give back to the church. Why should we do this because as the Children of Israel were to remember how God brought them out of Egypt and slavery. We need to remember His redemption in our lives and Show Others Godly Grace. Amen? Amen!