Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Welcome to Day 46 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
(There was a discrepancy between my YouVersion reading plan and the LifeJournal.cc reading plan. I verified that the above plan is correct. (Lev 25; Ps 25, 26; Acts 22… NOT Lev 25, 26; Ps 25; Acts 22. I simply checked tomorrow’s reading plan. : )
Leviticus 25:2-4, “‘When you enter the land I am going to give you, the land itself must observe a sabbath to the LORD. 3 For six years sow your fields, and for six years prune your vineyards and gather their crops. 4 But in the seventh year the land is to have a year of sabbath rest, a sabbath to the LORD. Do not sow your fields or prune your vineyards.”
v 8, 11, “Count off seven sabbath years—seven times seven years—so that the seven sabbath years amount to a period of forty-nine years… The fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you; do not sow and do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the untended vines. 12 For it is a jubilee and is to be holy for you…”
v 55, “the Israelites belong to me as servants. They are my servants, whom I brought out of Egypt. I am the LORD your God.”
Psalm 25, “In you, LORD my God, I put my trust.”
Psalm 26, “I have trusted in the LORD and have not faltered. 11 “I lead a blameless life…” That’s a bold statement, coming from a guy (David) who had a man (Uriah the Hittite) killed so he could take his wife as his own! justsayin’
Psalm 26:2 “Test me, LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind…”
Acts 22 Paul gives his testimony… Never under-estimate the power of your testimony.
I can’t imagine taking off one out of every seven years… then, the year of jubilee!
Note: God wanted the land to also have a sabbath rest! His promise was provision and protection.
The whole idea of redemption… That slaves or land could be bought back, or redeemed… Jesus redeemed us! Galatians 3:13-14, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us… 14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.”
We have been “bought at a price” according to 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
In a sense, we are also slaves… but no longer slaves to the law or to sin, but to Christ, to righteousness… to the law of the Spirit that sets us free! Romans 6 addresses this at length. What a great chapter!
Still chewing on the sabbath rest… This is so impressed upon my heart of late. Obviously it’s not possible today for us to simply take a year off… but I believe it’s God’s heart for us to take a sabbath, not because it is lawful, but because it is His desire for us to rest. Even God rested on the seventh day. Not because He was tired, but to model this concept for us! Don’t get me wrong, I really try to take a day off, but it’s what I DO (or don’t do) on that day that is the issue.
Thank you Lord for redeeming me. For freeing all of us from the law of sin and death! Thank you that it’s your heart for us to rest…