Leviticus 25:1-18 …to do or not to do that is the question

Leviticus 25:1-18 …to do or not to do that is the question

25 And the Lord spake unto Moses in mount Sinai, saying,

Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a sabbath unto the Lord.

Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof;

But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the Lord: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard.

That which groweth of its own accord of thy harvest thou shalt not reap, neither gather the grapes of thy vine undressed: for it is a year of rest unto the land.

And the sabbath of the land shall be meat for you; for thee, and for thy servant, and for thy maid, and for thy hired servant, and for thy stranger that sojourneth with thee.

And for thy cattle, and for the beast that are in thy land, shall all the increase thereof be meat.

Breaking the Sabbath is declaring your independence from YHWH, it announces your self-sufficiency, and it tells YHWH you are not willing to submit to His will. Breaking the Sabbath displays your distrust in YHWH while determining your trust in your own power and might over that of YHWH.

1 John 2:4 “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”

Luke 13:23-24 “Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.”

Psalm 40:8I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

And thou shalt number seven sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years.

Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubile to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the Day of Atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land.

10 And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family.

11 A jubile shall that fiftieth year be unto you: ye shall not sow, neither reap that which groweth of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of thy vine undressed.

12 For it is the jubile; it shall be holy unto you: ye shall eat the increase thereof out of the field.

13 In the year of this jubile ye shall return every man unto his possession.

Luke 4:16-21 “And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

This is the reading for Yom Kippur. He fulfils the first half of Isaiah 61:1-2 here and upon his second coming he will fulfil the wrath portion.

Isaiah 61:1-2 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn”

Romans 6:16-23Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness. For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Hebrews 2:14-15 “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”

The word “ra” in Hebrew or “evil” in English is “that which prevents people from doing the will of YHWH”. Reading Psalm 40:8 “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart” tells us explicitly that evil or sin is anything that prevents us from doing the Torah.

Is that the church you attend, or the people you associate with? Are they telling you to disobey the commands?

The word ‘bitachon’ means trust plus more, it involves an acceptance of the fact that the Creator is actively involved in every aspect of our lives and is constantly working all situations and circumstances for our good. This is not for our financial or material accumulation [unless it is to benefit another person of the promise] it is for our spiritual well-being, our eternal good. Jesus examples this for us in the garden of Gethsemane….

Luke 22:42 “Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”

14 And if thou sell ought unto thy neighbour, or buyest ought of thy neighbour’s hand, ye shall not oppress one another:

15 According to the number of years after the jubile thou shalt buy of thy neighbour, and according unto the number of years of the fruits he shall sell unto thee:

16 According to the multitude of years thou shalt increase the price thereof, and according to the fewness of years thou shalt diminish the price of it: for according to the number of the years of the fruits doth he sell unto thee.

17 Ye shall not therefore oppress one another; but thou shalt fear thy God: for I am the Lord your God.

Bitachon or trusting in YHWH is vastly different than the “faith” taught by the church today. “Faith”, as taught today, is something like a tool used to suggest to YHWH our desires for our lives, more like an act of manipulation.

“Have you ever prayed “God if you would bless my career then I could bless the poor” or “God if you could deliver me from this situation then I would serve the community in ____way?”

True trust, bitachon, is to deliver the result of our belief in YHWH despite the outcome of your own personal situation. The situation you are in, most likely, is there to teach you something completely unrelated to your conditional promise. We have to stop thinking as if our discomfort in life is the ultimate concern for YHWH; according to scripture it is our obedience that is of ultimate concern to YHWH.

John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

18 Wherefore ye shall do my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; and ye shall dwell in the land in safety.

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  1. Very nicely done! I especially like your first commentary!

    Listened to a ‘messianic’ preacher today for a minute or two before I was disgusted. He had the yalmacha on his head and prayer shawl wrapped about his neck; still his preaching on Revelation had nothing concerning the required obedience. All show – no meat.

    Blessings! L

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