THE GRACE OF GOD AND HIS COMPASSION

February 24

The 25th chapter of Leviticus especially reveals the grace of God and His compassion for the poor and the oppressed. The Sabbath year and the Super-Sabbath (the year of Jubilee which happens every 50th year), are one of God’s gracious provisions for His people, especially the poor. In the Old Testament they were promised a land, a seed, and a blessing (cf. Gen. 12:1-3). These blessings are a picture of the rest we have in Christ, His provision, and blessings that He has for us as Christians.  We miss much of the blessing which could be gained from the study and meditation of the Old Testament.

In the Old Testament the place of blessing was the land. Also, the place of God’s blessing is now a person, and this person is Jesus Christ, then you will only be blessed in Him. In other words, you have little right to ask God for His blessings if you are not in His Son. The message of the gospel is that forgiveness of sins and eternal life are the result of being “in Christ,” that is by receiving Him as your Savior, your sin-bearer, your righteousness, and your eternal life.

Finally, for Christians, we should be reminded that our source of blessing and security is Christ and Christ alone. Satan would like nothing more than to distract and divert you from who and what you are “in Him” to virtually anything else. If you do not sense the nearness of God and His blessings, it may be because you have been seduced by someone or something other than Christ. The words of our Lord are clear, blessing and fruitfulness come from abiding in Him, the One in whom the presence of God has been revealed, the One in whom all blessings are found.

The year of Jubilee is one of the beautiful prototypes of the redemption which will be achieved in the person of Jesus Christ. This great event is described and defined almost entirely in Leviticus chapter 25.  Read it and be blessed. Bob Deffinbaugh

Leviticus 25:8-10 ‘And you shall count seven sabbaths of years for yourself, seven times seven years; and the time of the seven sabbaths of years shall be to you forty-nine years. 9 ‘Then you shall cause the trumpet of the Jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement you shall make the trumpet to sound throughout all your land. 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.

HAVE YOU READ YOUR BIBLE TODAY? HERE IS TODAY’S DAILY BIBLE READING- WWW.HISLOVEMINISTRIES.NET    – 2/24   Leviticus 25, Mark 4:1–25, Psalm 35:8–16

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