Matthew 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. |
From the Beginning, the creator organized his calendar of events according to septets. The Sabbath crowns a seven-day week (Genesis 2:2–3). Creation and the coronation of Messiah is celebrated on the foirst day of the seventh month of the year (Leviticus 23:24). Every seven years fields enjoy a time of rest, and a jubilee deliverance of slaves and forgiveness of debts is celebrated after seven septets (Leviticus 25). In addition, festivals in both Spring and Fall last seven days, and Pentecost is celebrated counting seven weeks from the Feast of Firstfruits (Leviticus 23). These timings are our compass in time, but the present-day Western Gregorian/Roman calendar has gotten us out of sync’ with Hashem's clock.
According to the Torah, after seven septets, the whole economic system has to reboot so to speak (Leviticus 25:11–17). All debts have to be forgiven as well as possessions retained as collateral. These possessions included individuals enslaved to their creditors due to financial hardship. The jubilee provided some sort of salvation and deliverance from eternal financial servitude. Hashem said that he established this as a safeguard for the evil heart of man. He said, "Thus you are not to take advantage of each other, but you are to fear your God; for I am Adonai your God" (Leviticus 25:17). Our sins are like our debt towards God (Matthew 6:12), and the Messiah comes on the Jubilee to restore our financial/moral balance.
Having rejected Hashem's wise instructions, we today have a world in which the economy is based on oppressing others through eternal usury. As we see the world more and more engrossed in an economy were the rich become fewer and richer and the poor more numerous and poorer, we see its financial base failing, held together loosely with a paper currency that is not even worth what it is printed upon.
Endorsing the jubilee schedule doesn’t seem to make good business sense but for Hashem it seems very important. In the days of King David, it is said that, "Again the anger of Adonai was kindled against Israel, and he incited David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah" (2 Samuel 24:1). We are not told why God’s anger was kindled against Israel, but when we look at the chronology of this, we find that in the 38th year of David, the people had failed to observe seventy rest years and Jubilees. God then brought judgment upon them, causing 70,000 people to die (2 Sam. 24:15). One thousand people died for every rest year that was owed in their debt to the Torah. This judgment paid the penalty and wiped the slate clean.
Then the people failed to keep their rest years and Jubilees again. After they owed another seventy rest years (Sabbath years) and Jubilees, God brought Judah into Babylonian captivity for seventy years to pay the debt. What is the reason God gave for the captivity?
To fulfill the word of Adonai by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her Sabbaths; for as long as she lay desolate she kept Sabbath, to fulfill threescore and ten  years (2 Chronicles: 36:21).
P. Gabriel Lumbroso www.thelumbrosos.com
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