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what was the "Sabbatical year" all about? LEV 25:1-26:2

PARASHA: "B'Har" (On the mountain)

LEV 25:1-26:2..............................JEREMIAH 32:6-27....................LUKE 4:16-21

In this Parasha, we read and learn about "HaShana Shabat" and "HaShana Yovel"
(The sabbatical Year) and (The Year of Jubilee)

The Word teaches us that the land is to be used/farmed for 6 years and on the 7th year, the land is to lie fallow, the land is to rest. And we ask God "why this?" When we think about it, especially in an agricultural sense, it DOES make MUCH sense. Crops take out of the soil minerals and nutrients that help them grow, same way a baby inside the mother's womb, takes nutrients from the mother, for that reason, the mother must eat healthy food, and take vitamins, to re-nourish her body. The land is the same, it must "take its Sabbath rest" to replenish itself with minerals and nutrients. The vineyards still produced grapes but the grapes would ripen and fall to the ground, to create compost, and fertilizer.

thousands of years ago, before the existence of modern fertilizers, the land was just left alone, (perhaps the cattle dumped their do-do, in the fields) and God took care of the rest.

The crops in the 6th year, were enough to feed the owner of the field during the 7th year of rest, (God made sure of that). If we obey his commandments, He will take care of us.

The year of "Yovel" (Jubliee) was every 50 years. Today we buy and sell properties and we have the sense of "permanent ownership" but it was not like that thousands of years ago. One could buy or "purchase on contract of lease for 49 years" so you could own a house and property for 49 years, on the 50th year, the property would revert back to the original owner. Of course, the owner could write out another deed to lease it for another 49 years, but that was up to the owner.

If property was sold at the beginning of the 49 years, the price could be "full" if the property was sold at year 20 of the 49 years, the price would be considerably less. If a person "sold himself or herself" as a slave "for ever" per necessity, the "for ever" would be "49" years, on year 50, the slave would no longer be a slave, but a freeman or woman

if a relative had the money, that relative could buy back his or her kinsman, being a "kinsman redeemer"

there were exceptions, if a person bought a house inside a walled city, the house would belong to the new owner permanently, but if the house or field was outside of the city, per say, in the suburbs, the property would revert back to the original owner on year 50.

We look at this and we can apply a spiritual lesson to it. ALL things belong to the LORD.

We are just used to calling "things" "ours". This is MY CAR, this is MY HOUSE, this is MY WIFE/HUSBAND, these are MY ITEMS OF JEWELRY, but in reality, ALL belongs to HIM who reigns on high, the KING of kings and LORD of lords. All things on earth are just on LOAN to us, until YHVH calls for them once again. The native Americans could not understand the white settlers who came and "Claimed land as theirs" "America's Native Son" asked "how can a man own land? can he own a rock, the water, the sky? The American Indians had the right idea, they cared for the land and shared it, yet they were slaughtered and displaced by unrighteous sinners.

When we lose a loved one, either a wife, a husband, a son or daughter, we can either, "wail and be depressed for years on end" or "thank the LORD for the years we had with them, and thus accept the return of their souls to the Creator of all". People think they own houses, cars, etc, but God changes all things when he allows hurricanes, earthquakes, landslides, etc to reclaim "those things" and people very quickly learn the truth about "true ownership"

Lastly, Yeshua is our "kinsman redeemer" who redeemed us from "the curse of sin" he BOUGHT us with his own blood, and "set us free" we do not have to wait 7 years, or 50 years, He set us free 2000 years, and your freedom can be accepted NOW, If you have never placed your faith in Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Christ) you can do it NOW,

JEREMIAH 32:6-27

Yirimyahu ha Navi (Jeremiah the prophet) received instructions from YHVH to purchase some land, yet the country was about to be invaded by the Babylonians, so why is God asking him to make a purchase? because he would RETURN to the land later on in the future. Right now, many are returning to "Eretz Elohim" (The land of God) the land that was given to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as an inheritance FOREVER. Perhaps Am Y'Hudim (the Jewish people) have been displaced, scattered to other nations, (part of God's plan to teach the nations of the "One God Adonai-Elohim-Yeshua. who is "Echad" (one). Many are return to claim their portion of the inheritance.

LUKE 4:16-21

This portion tells of Yeshua when he entered his synagogue one Sabbath in Nazareth, his home town, and he was called to read the "Haf Torah" (the prophets) He read from Isaiah 61:1 and part of verse 2;

"The Spirit of the LORD God is upon me, because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek, bind up the broken hearted, proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound, to proclaim the acceptable year of YHVH" ....However... he did NOT read......and the DAY OF VENGANCE of our God.

He was revealed why he came, the "first coming" He came to preach and teach the Torah, after all, he wrote it all (through the prophets), and through the teaching of the WORD, people are healed spiritually, broken hearts are healed, those who are captives in the bondage of sin, will be released................However........the DAY OF VENGANCE...is all about the SECOND COMING. when Yeshua will return to earth riding on a horse, and we with Him, (so if you don't know how to ride a flying horse, better learn now) and he will put and end to the Anti-Messiah, and set up his Millennial kingdom, and we will take part in it, Baruch HaShem!

Shabbat Shalom...............Rabbi Ben Avraham