Deuteronomy 15 - Steve Wiggins Daily Devotional
“At the end of every seven years you must cancel debts. This is how to cancel a debt: Every creditor is to cancel what he has lent his neighbor. He is not to collect anything from his neighbor because the L_rd’s release of debts has been proclaimed.” Deuteronomy 15:1-2
“Be careful that there isn’t a wicked thought in your heart, ‘The seventh year, the year of canceling debts is near,’ and you are stingy towards the POOR brother and give him nothing. He will cry out to the L_rd against you, and you will be guilty.” Deuteronomy 15:9
“For there will never cease to be poor people in the land; that is why I am commanding you, ‘You must willingly open your hand to the afflicted and poor brother in your land.’” Deuteronomy 15:11
“If your fellow Hebrew, a man or woman, is sold to you as a slave and serves you six years, you must set him free in the seventh year. When you set him free, do not send him away empty-handed.” Deuteronomy 15:12-13a
I would like to invite you to reflect on today’s chapter through the lens of Yeshua’s message to His home synagogue in Nazareth. He quoted the prophet, Isaiah, who was prophesying what Messiah would proclaim when He came. It all refers to Deuteronomy 15.
“The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to Him, and unrolling the scroll, He found the place where it is written: ‘The Ruach (Spirit) of the L_rd is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the L_rd’s favor.’” Mark 4:16-19
What is the good news that Yeshua was proclaiming? In essence, He was asking “Are you enslaved to this World? Are you afflicted, made lame by your sin? Are you poor in spirit, indebted to the L_rd and unable to pay it off, because of your lack of righteousness? If so, I have come to set you free!”
If you perceive He is describing YOU, then rejoice! He has proclaimed YOUR year of Jubilee, as well! It is imperative that we accept His offer of freedom, now…during this season, in which it is offered. Our Yeshua (G_d’s Salvation) has come!! Receive His grace, His eternal atonement, while the season of canceling debts is here…before the time of reckoning, the great Yom Kippur where sin is called to account and those without atonement are cast out.
~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Daily Devotional, Friday, June 27, 2014