The Year Of Release Deuteronomy 15:1-18
1) Debts Cancellation :We the Indians are aware of this term - Debts Cancellation of the Farmers before the elections. It is hard for me to make a point here, whether such declaration comes out of a genuine thoughts or with a selfish motives. However, centuries back a law was laid down at the end of every seven years you must cancel debts (15:1-2). Here Moses was speaking of a complete cancellation of a debt owed by a fellow Israelite (v 9). Ideally there would be no poor among the Israelites, for the Lord would bless them with all they needed if they obeyed him(v 4-6). However, Moses acknowledged that there would always be some who were poor (v 11).
✅ Moses urged the Israelites not to look down on the poor for their poverty, but were to generously lend them whatever they needed to get out of poverty (v 7-8).
✅ Moses commanded them to be openhanded towards their brothers (v 8,11).
2) Release Of Slaves :Debts were to be forgiven every seventh Calendar Year (v 1), but what was to be done about individuals who had sold themselves into slavery in order to be able to pay some crippling debt?
✅ Moses decreed that no Israelite should be a slave for more than six years. A slave should be allowed to go free(v 2)
Today, Christians should neither own slaves nor be involved in the slave trade. But many of us have employees who works in our businesses or in our homes. We have a Christian responsibilities to show kindness and generosity.
3) Home Coming :According to Leviticus 25 -- Every 50 years - a Sabbath of Sabbath, the year after seven sevens the land was to have a rest from cultivation. There was a home coming in which family land that had been forfeited was to be returned.
✅ Debts were cancelled.
✅ Slaves were to set free.
✅ Proclamation of liberty.
Is This Passage Relevant Today?
Today's passage sets out seven principles that should govern our own response to human need:
1) We are to be in solidarity with the needy among us.
2) We are to help the needy because God commands us to do so.".. He hears the cries of the needy... and failure to respond to these cries is a sin"v 9b.
3) We can expect God to bless those who help the poor (v 10; Acts 20:35)
4) We should acknowledge that all we have is from God and that He has been generous to us.
5) We should practice generosity (.. be openhanded.. v 11).
6) Discern before you give / help the needy (".. lend him whatever he needs"v 8).
7) Remember giving is a memorial offering(Acts 10:4)
Beloved,"Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law". ✒ Rom 13:8
Glory to God
Mark Boje, ArP
Three times in a year all your males shall appear before the Lord your God in the place which He chooses, at the Feast of Unleavened Bread and at the Feast of Weeks and at the Feast of Booths, and they shall not appear before the Lord empty-handed. 17 Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you."
Remember meals were special times of friendship and family fellowship. These feasts allowed Israel to:
1. develop a sense of national community
2. teach God's gracious acts to new generations
3. help the poor and needy
4. rejoice in the goodness of the God of Israel and His fulfillment of covenant promises/blessings.
Verse 16 says, you should not appear before the Lord empty-handed
Do not come to worship God with nothing in your hand
You can’t give what you don’t have, but…
…every man (and woman) is to give as he/she is able, according to the blessing of the Lord
The tithe is not optional, but freewill offerings are. Both are essential. The tithe reflects your obedience to God. Your freewill offerings reflect your love for God. Get a revelation of how much God has blessed you, how much He wants to bless you, and how much He has promised to bless you, and you will really begin to enjoy generously and joyfully blessing Him back!
Giving should be a celebration! We get to worship God with our giving! I guess there are just some things I don’t understand. It’s almost as though people treat God like a debt-collector. It’s giving; it’s celebration; it’s worship! Let’s not come with long faces—as if we are about to lose something —let’s come with celebration, thanksgiving and gratitude to honor the King!
Rejoice In The Presence Of The Lord.
Deuteronomy 12:7, 12, 18. 14:26. 16:11, 14-15. Here in these 4 chapters 7 times it was commanded us to rejoice in the presence of the Lord. That shows the importance of rejoicing in the Lord or how difficult to rejoice. Rejoice means feeling glad or to be in great joy.When we have satisfaction, faith in God, and filled with peace then only we can rejoice.
1. This joy is an important Spiritual fruit. It is in the second one in the list, next to love. Galatians 5:22. But we are not realising it's impotance and need. lt the one we didn't learn and practise
2 Not only in the presence of the Lord, or during festival, Philippians 4:4 says,we should rejoice always.
3. Is it necessary to rejoice in the midst for my sufferings? Is it possible? Yes, it is possible.
I. In our sorrows. 2 Corinthians 6:10.
II. In our tribulation. 2 Corinthians 7:4.
III. In our poverty. 2 Corinthians 8:2.
IV.ln our weakness 2 Corinthians 12:9.
V. In the testing of our faith.James 1:3. Yes, in all these situations we should rejoice.
4. Why should we rejoice? Heaven is a place of joy or gladness. There is no sorrows, no tears, and no crying.lt is a place of happiness, joy and gladness. Mathew 25:21. If we don't learn to be happy in this world, how we can be happy in Heaven?
5. How can we receive this happiness?
I. When we seek Him. Psalm 40:16.
II. Through the word of God. Jeremiah 15:16.
III. When we hear the glad tidings of great joy of the gospel. Luke 2:10.
IV. When we receive Salvation or deliverance from our sins. Psalm 51:12.
V. When the Holy Spirit, the river of joy dwells or lives in us. Psalm 46:4.
VI. To give us this joy, happiness or gladness, Jesus Christ carried our sorrows on the cross. Isaiah 53:4.
That's why He is inviting those who labour and heavy laden, come to Him to receive His rest and happiness.Mathew 11:28. Also Revelation 21:4 says that when He dwells in us, He will wipe away all our tears. Romans 14:17 says, when the Holy Spirit lives in us He will make us the Kingdom of God and makes us to rejoice.
Yes, the sign or witness to show that we are in Christ is our happiness, joy, or gladness in our life and we should rejoice in the Lord always. It should rise from our heart and should be revealed in our face. Let us always rejoice in His presence.When we worship the Lord, unload all our needs, sorrows and burdens at the feet of our Saviour Jesus Christ. Let us confess our mistakes according to the above words. Today God helped me to realise these mistakes. Let us love Him with our whole heart and worship Him with our whole heart leaving all our burdens to Him. He is Jehovah Jireh.Rejoice evermore and always, for this is the will of God in us. Amen. Hallelujah.
Joyful thanksgiving should be a lifestyle for the Redeemed... Deutronomy 16:11-12
It took Moses 1 Night to Deliver the Israelites out of Egypt Supernaturally but it took 40 Years to get Egypt Out of their Hearts. A 11 days journey took them 40 Years. A People who experienced the hardships of Slavery in Egypt at the brick-kilns needed the Thorns of the Wilderness to humble them!
Yes, Pride is so Natural to the Human Heart. To break their Pride, they had to go through bitter trials for their own good. Pride results from Forgetfulness of God and Carnal-Mindedness. So God had to Teach them over and over again.
The Israelites were instructed and reminded on Worship, Offertories, Behavioural Conduct, Civil Code, and everything for life and Godliness, to keep them humble. God not only taught them on the Spiritual things but also on the Natural things.
In Deuteronomy 16:1-17, Moses reviews the Passover and the Feasts so that they can Remember God and His Provision and Protection.
Through all the Feasts, they were being reminded that the Feasts was the Shadow of the Coming Christ, the Passover Lamb.
_Out of the Seven Feasts, the three major feasts was the Passover, Unleavened Bread and Pentecost, which was the type and shadow of the death, burial and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The feasts of the first fruit is the type and shadow of the resurrection, which is not mentioned in this chapter. God's redemptive plan which was an essential part of Paul's gospel mentions the death,burial and resurrection of Jesus in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4....
"For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received:That Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures
In Deutronomy 16:16-17, All the males were commanded to observe three feast annually, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of Tabernacles, which Jesus observed in obedience to the law. He made the trip from Galilee to Jerusalem to be at these feasts, Luke 2:41, John 7:2,10.
I want to focus on the joy of one of he feasts celebrated, namely the celebration of the Pentecost, Deutronomy 16:11-12. It says,....
"You shall rejoice before the LORD your God, you and your son and your daughter, your male servant and your female servant, the Levite who is within your gates, the stranger and the fatherless and the widow who are among you, at the place where the LORD your God chooses to make His name abide. And you shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt, and you shall be careful to observe these statutes."
They were commanded to rejoice. It was a time of joyful thanksgiving for the harvest, and a heartfelt response to God. No rituals, no ceremonies, no sacrifices. Just to be joyful.There was no ritual of sacrifice commanded at Pentecost. Instead, it was a time of joyful thanksgiving for the harvest, and God heart-response to God, with grain offerings and wave offerings, Leviticus 23:15-21._
God wanted them to have intense joy remembering their great liberation from slavery and bondage. God wanted them to rejoice with gratitude for His great deliverance and their great escape.
Why was there no atoning sacrifice on the feast of Pentecost?
....because the price had already been paid by Jesus and the fulfillment is seen in Acts 2, where there was a great harvest of souls for God, and great thanksgiving for that harvest.
Dear Child of God, how is your joy level when you think about the price Jesus paid for our sins, sickness, diseases, curse, shame, guilt, depression, anxiety, poverty, every lack and and shortcomings, and paid a heavy ransom with His blood and purchased us forever from Satan's slavery and bondage? Let us rejoice in the Lord always because of Jesus, our Redeemer King Who Lives in Us,Phillippines 4:4....Amen
Humility is the strength of a real Christian. God like humble people.