In this week’s text we learn about the Sabbath year and the Year of Jubilee.
A lot of emphasis is put on the idea of redemption in this week’s text. We know that our relationship with the Father has always been about redemption. We see this in the Garden, we see this in Egypt, and we see it with the Messiah Yeshua. We see it all come to a head in the Book of Revelation. We must be redeemed. We must be redeemed as individuals, as Israel as a whole people, and the land must also be redeemed.
Let’s take a quick look at the words in Hebrew that give us the idea of “land redemption”.
גְּאֻלָּה אֶרֶץ “geulla erets”. In the paleo Hebrew we see something very interesting. We see how land redemption and personal redemption are connected. In the paleo Hebrew the meaning of land redemption is: “Serving the leader is the staff of revelation and the leader is the head of all righteousness.” Can you see how our personal redemption through Yeshua the Messiah is connected to the land redemption? Yeshua is the only one who can redeem you and redeem the land.
In Leviticus 25 we learn the instructions for the Sabbath year and the year of Jubilee. Let’s explore and see if we can make some connections.
Genesis 6:3 “Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”
The word for “strive” here is the Hebrew word דִּין “diyn”. It does not mean strive. It means “to judge, contend, or plead”. Also the word for “years” is שָׁנָה “shaneh”. Shaneh does not mean a period of 365 days like we think of a year. It simply means a division or a measure of time. My question to you is…Can this be connected to the Jubilees? Can the Father be saying to us that He will not judge man for 120 Jubilees of time from this point? 120 x 50=6000.
I am not much of a prophesy person, and I am not about to give you any timeline for the Messiah’s return, but the math is interesting. Using the Book of the Jubilees that chronicles the ancient Jubilee cycles for us, we can calculate that the latest Jubilee cycle began in 1974 and will end in 2024. Some people use different reckoning of time and I have seen other calculations ending the current Jubilee cycle as 2017. Either way, my point is that we are close to the end of the latest Jubilee cycle. Does that mean anything to us? My suggestion is that it should. God is not random. He is very calculated and everything He has done is on a specific frame of time. Why would that change?
Another interesting calculation is that 120 Jubilees have passed since Genesis 6 so that would mean that we are well with in the Father’s time where He can begin His judgement.
When we read Leviticus 25 the numbers 7 and 50 repeatedly jump out at us from the text. Think of the connections to these numbers and what they mean. Every 7 days is a Sabbath. Every 7 years is a Sabbath of years and after 7 Sabbath years is the 50th year, the Jubilee. Now think about the time of the year that we are in now. The time of counting the omer to Shavuot or Pentecost. We count the omer every day for 7 Sabbaths giving us 7 weeks or 49 days and on the 50th day it is Shavuot. Is this connected? Also what happens in the 7th Biblical month of the year? We have all of the Fall Feast days that Yeshua is yet to fulfill. Is all of this a coincidence? Let me suggest to you that it is not! The number 7 is connected to the number 50. All of these 7’s and 50’s that seem to be very related to each other can not be a coincidence.
Let’s look at the Haftorah for this week’s Torah Portion. In Jeremiah 32:6 we see something very interesting.
Jeremiah 32:6 “And Jeremiah said, “The word of the Lord came to me, saying, 7 ‘Behold, Hanamel the son of Shallum your uncle is coming to you, saying, “Buy for yourself my field which is at Anathoth, for you have the right of redemption to buy it.”’8 Then Hanamel my uncle’s son came to me in the court of the guard according to the word of the Lord and said to me, ‘Buy my field, please, that is at Anathoth, which is in the land of Benjamin; for you have the right of possession and the redemption is yours; buy it for yourself.’ Then I knew that this was the word of the Lord.
9 “I bought the field which was at Anathoth from Hanamel my uncle’s son, and I weighed out the silver for him, seventeen shekels of silver. 10 I signed and sealed the deed, and called in witnesses, and weighed out the silver on the scales. 11 Then I took the deeds of purchase, both the sealed copy containing the terms and conditions and the open copy; 12 and I gave the deed of purchase to Baruch the son of Neriah, the son of Mahseiah, in the sight of Hanamel my uncle’s son and in the sight of the witnesses who signed the deed of purchase, before all the Jews who were sitting in the court of the guard.”
So here we see Jeremiah buying the field. Babylon was about to take the land and Jeremiah is given the currency of redemption to buy back the field. This purchase is done according to the Torah commandment and look how the purchase is ratified in the next couple of verses.
Jeremiah 32:13 “ And I commanded Baruch in their presence, saying, 14 ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, “Take these deeds, this sealed deed of purchase and this open deed, and put them in an earthenware jar, that they may last a long time.” 15 For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, “Houses and fields and vineyards will again be bought in this land.”’
In that time, when a deed was ratified, it was the custom that the deed was written on a scroll. Seven seals were used to seal the scroll. A top loose leaf abridged version of the deed was used on top to surround the scroll. Anyone could read this abridged loose leaf portion of the deed but only the rightful land redeemer could break those seven seals and open the scroll. This is very prophetic is it not? Where do we see someone opening seven seals? Do you not see Yeshua in this passage? Does the seven seals in Revelation ring a bell? What about the clay earthenware jar?
Paul saw this connection in the New Testament. 2 Corinthians 4:7 “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves;” He made a connection to it and gives us a bit of midrash on this idea. Keep in mind this idea of treasure as well as we will see that the idea of a “treasure” will make an important fit into this whole puzzle. Let me ask you a question, do you think this Rabbi of Rabbis, Paul, is just making this connection to earthen vessels by coincidence?
Let’s take a look back in Jeremiah at his prayer to the Father:
Jeremiah 32:16 ““After I had given the deed of purchase to Baruch the son of Neriah, then I prayed to the Lord, saying, 17 ‘Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You, 18 who shows lovingkindness to thousands, but repays the iniquity of fathers into the bosom of their children after them, O great and mighty God. The Lord of hosts is His name; 19 great in counsel and mighty in deed, whose eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men, giving to everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds; 20 who has set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, and even to this day both in Israel and among mankind; and You have made a name for Yourself, as at this day. 21 You brought Your people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs and with wonders, and with a strong hand and with an outstretched arm and with great terror;22 and gave them this land, which You swore to their forefathers to give them, a land flowing with milk and honey.23 They came in and took possession of it, but they did not obey Your voice or walk in Your law; they have done nothing of all that You commanded them to do; therefore You have made all this calamity come upon them. 24 Behold, the siege ramps have reached the city to take it; and the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans who fight against it, because of the sword, the famine and the pestilence; and what You have spoken has come to pass; and behold, You see it. 25 You have said to me, O Lord God, “Buy for yourself the field with money and call in witnesses”—although the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans.’”
Adam was given the land. Adam lost the land because of sin. It was given to Satan in sin. Adam needed a redeemer for himself and for the land that was initially given to him. Is it a coincidence that Leviticus 25 says to return to the land and redeem it at the Jubilee? Could this be prophetic? We literally see this theme of land redemption from Genesis to Revelation do we not?
Turn to Matthew 13 and read the parable of the weeds. Continue and read the private explanation that the Messiah gives to His disciples. Now look at the parable of the hidden treasure. Matthew 13:44 “The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”
In his explanation to the disciples Yeshua says “the field is the world”. Think of the famous verse of John 3:16. “For God so loved the world.” Again, Yeshua is midrashing here. Can you see where He is going with all this? Do you see a connection? His midrash regarding fields and wheat and tears and the field being the world and treasure all connect back to Leviticus 25 and Jeremiah 32. God’s people, His people Israel, is the treasure that is buried in the field. Yeshua must first redeem the field and harvest the wheat, separate the tears and burn them so He can get to His treasure. This is all about the redemption of God’s people and redemption of His land.
When Yeshua said, I have come not but for the lost sheep of the House of Israel, let me suggest that He meant it!
Psalm 135:4 “For the Lord chose Jacob to be His own, Israel to be His treasured possession.”
The Messiah is coming to redeem the land and dig up His treasure, Israel.
Have a blessed Shabbat!