One Shabbat, Yeshua was teaching
in a synagogue and noticed a woman whose body was so crooked, she could
not stand or sit as a normal person. He called her over and said
"Woman, you are set free from your infirmity." She rose up
straight, glorifying God!
But the synagogue official objected to this being done on the Shabbat.
Yeshua rebuked him, saying "Even animals are set free on Shabbat! How
much more should this daughter of Abraham be liberated, whom Satan has
bound these eighteen years."
Bringing liberty to those held captive (whether by sin, sickness, or
demonic oppression) is central to the mission of the Messiah: "The
Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, Because the LORD has anointed me to
preach good tidings to the poor ... to heal the brokenhearted ... to
proclaim liberty to the captives...to proclaim the acceptable year of the
Lord" (Isaiah 61:1-2).
He made this profound announcement at the outset of His ministry, reading
Isaiah 61:1-2 in a Nazareth synagogue, as recorded in Luke 4:16-21. When
Isaiah spoke of the Redeemer proclaiming "liberty to the
captives", he used the word
DROR / which means both liberty
and "free as a bird". This word seldom appears in the Hebrew Bible, but
is prominent when God grants Israel freedom from slavery and
indebtedness, in Leviticus 25:10. "And you shall consecrate the
fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty (dror) throughout all the land to all
its inhabitants. It shall be a Jubilee year for you; and each of you
shall return to his possession, and ... to his family."
Passover and Jubilee?
Wow! In the context of Passover this is huge. It means that Yeshua has
proclaimed to me - a former captive/slave to sin and self -
liberty. I've been released, set free! Furthermore, anything
that seeks to recapture me has no claim on my soul. My prison door has
been permanently opened. Messiah has come to release me from all forms
of slavery and indebtedness. The entry is repentance - turning back to
the Living, Merciful God - returning to the incredible inheritance
Ive been granted as His adopted son.
Some say this is the Jubilee year. The Jubilee year was when Israelite
families were restored to their inheritance every 50 years. I have found
no Jewish source declaring 2016 to be that year. Maybe it is, maybe not.
But I do know that when Yeshua read from the Isaiah scroll He did not
imit those promises to once every 50 years!
In the spirit of both Passover and Jubilee, we are invited to enter into
the liberty obtained for us by the blood of Yeshua. It's time to
return to our full inheritance as God's paid-for, fully adopted
kids. Let's proclaim it this year!