Return to Class Topical Index


The Sabbatical Year Exodus 23:10-11; Leviticus 25:1-8

  1. This provided for 6 years of cultivation.

  2. The land was allowed to rest upon the 7th year.

  3. Later provisions:

  1. The 7th year brought relief from all debts.

  2. God promised to bless the kind hearted.

  3. This would take care of the suffering poor.

The Jubilee Leviticus 25:9-55

  1. The Jubilee Year was the 50th year, the year when liberty was proclaimed throughout the entire land. The sounding of the trumpet (jubile) on the day of atomement was to usher in this year.

  2. All land that had been bought was returned to its original owner in the Jubilee year.

  3. God promised that they should have plenty for the three years the Sabbatical year, the Jubilee year, and until the harvest of the next year. (Leviticus 25:18-22)

  4. The right of redemption of lands and houses.

  1. At the Jubilee the lands should be returned to the rightful owner.

  2. The houses of walled cities could be redeemed at any time within a year.

  1. Bondmen would be set free by redemption until the Jubilee year or he would be automatically free after Jubilee year.

Other Passages

  1. Isaiah 61:2 The acceptable year of the Lord.

  2. Ezekiel 46:17 The year of liberty

  3. Numbers 36:4

Applications for Today

Redemption Redeemer

  1. The New Testament teaching about redemption must be understood in connection with Jubilee.

  2. Jesus is our Redeemer.

  3. Titus 2:14

  4. Romans 3:24

  5. Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14

Liberty Freedom

  1. Law of Moses = Bondage, Death; Christianity = Liberty, Freedom

  2. Galatians 5:1

  3. 1 Peter 2:16

Ownership Stewardship

  1. All things belong to God.

  2. You do not OWN anything.

  3. You use it and it is returned to God.

  4. 1 Corinthians 3:21-23


  1. Matthew 19:29

  2. 1 Corinthians 6:9

  3. 1 Peter 3:9

  4. Revelation 21:7

What was Jubilee in the OT?
A. Year of Liberty

B. Property was returnted.

C. Inheritances were returned.

D. No work sowing, reaping, picking was to be done.

E. Slaves, servants were set free.


Mt Henry Cmty - Levi 25:8


The word "jubilee" signifies a peculiarly animated sound of the silver trumpets. This sound was to be made on the evening of the great Day of Atonement; for the proclamation of gospel liberty and salvation results from the sacrifice of the Redeemer. It was provided that the lands should not be sold away from their families. They could only be disposed of, as it were, by leases till the year of jubilee, and then returned to the owner or his heir. This tended to preserve their tribes and families distinct, till the coming of the Messiah. The liberty every man was born to, if sold or forfeited, should return at the year of jubilee. This was typical of redemption by Christ from the slavery of sin and Satan, and of being brought again to the liberty of the children of God. All bargains ought to be made by this rule, "Ye shall not oppress one another," not take advantage of one another's ignorance or necessity, "but thou shalt fear thy God." The fear of God reigning in the heart, would restrain from doing wrong to our neighbor in word or deed. Assurance was given that they should be great gainers, by observing these years of rest. If we are careful to do our duty, we may trust God with our comfort. They should not want food in that year in which they neither sowed nor reaped. This was a miracle for an encouragement to all God's people, in all ages, to trust him in the way of duty. There is nothing lost by faith and self-denial in obedience. Some asked, What shall we eat the seventh year? Thus many Christians anticipate evils, questioning what they shall do, and fearing to proceed in the way of duty. But we have no right to anticipate evils, so as to distress ourselves about them. To carnal minds we may appear to act absurdly, but the path of duty is ever the path of safety.

Nave's # 2896



#Isa 61:2


#Eze 46:17


#Le 25:8-55 27:17-24 Nu 36:4

Return to Class Topical Index