Power to Observe the Jubilee – Righteousness
THE WORD SIROCCO
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Month Theme: The Jubilee
Topic: Power to Observe the Jubilee – Righteousness
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 14:8-11; Leviticus 25:8-13
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
Righteousness is doing things that are legally and morally right in the sight of God. Righteousness involves the fear of God and just treatment of others. There could be no Jubilee without righteousness. The Jews could only forgive people their debts, release slaves to go back to their families and return people’s properties to them if they were righteous. The ways of God revealed to Moses, including the Jubilee, were intended to execute His righteousness and judgement towards the oppressed (Psalm 103:6-8).
God forgives our debts and sins during the Jubilee as we forgive others their debts and sins (Matthew 6:12-15). As we release those who are indebted to us, God also releases us. The highest form of righteousness is the imputed righteousness of Christ towards believers. We receive our freedom from bondage when we accept the righteousness Christ has imputed to us. His righteousness sets us free from bondage and compels us to release others from bondage. Without the righteousness of Christ implanted in us, we find it difficult to release others from indebtedness and bondage.
We receive undeserved forgiveness and righteousness in Christ and we should not give anything less to others (2 Corinthians 5:19-21). If we are not righteous we can exploit people indefinitely without any sense of guilt. It is through righteousness that we give to others what they deserve and even what they don’t. Righteousness brings the fear of God into our hearts and eliminates greed and wickedness. Compassion is a product of righteousness – it is easy to free slaves when we have compassion on them.
Prayer: Pray that the Holy Ghost will put you in check, to always have compassion for the oppressed.
“The Jubilee” by Eastwood Anaba
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