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April 7, 2019

Sermon: God’s Financial Plan: Jubilee

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Scripture Lesson

Leviticus 25:8-13; Luke 4:15-21

The Year of Jubilee

You shall count off seven weeks of years, seven times seven years, so that the period of seven weeks of years gives forty-nine years. Then you shall have the trumpet sounded loud; on the tenth day of the seventh month—on the day of atonement—you shall have the trumpet sounded throughout all your land. And you shall hallow the fiftieth year and you shall proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you: you shall return, every one of you, to your property and every one of you to your family. That fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you: you shall not sow, or reap the aftergrowth, or harvest the unpruned vines. For it is a jubilee; it shall be holy to you: you shall eat only what the field itself produces. In this year of jubilee you shall return, every one of you, to your property.

He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.

The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth

When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’ And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, ‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
God’s Financial Plan: Jubilee
Leviticus 25:8-13; Luke 4:15-21

I. Introduction: Snuffy Smith
II. God’s Financial Plan
III. Jubilee (Lev. 25:8-13)
     A. “That 50th year shall be a jubilee” (25:11)
     B. All property is returned (25:13)
     C. Why?
         1. God is the ultimate owner
         2. To prevent large wealth disparities
         3. A foretaste of salvation
     D. The real practice of jubilee
IV. Jesus’ jubilee (Lk. 4:15-21)
     A. Synagogue traditions (4:15-16, 21)
     B. Jesus reads about jubilee (4:18-19)
         1. “Release/liberty” (4:18, Lev. 25:10)
         2. “Year of the Lord’s favor” (4:19; Is. 61:2)
     C. Jesus teaches about jubilee (4:21)
         1. A financial practice is used to denote
             a. Restoration/forgiveness
             b. Salvation
         2. Can we say the same about our finances?
V. Application
     A. We don’t live there
     B. How can our financial practices celebrate?
         1. God as the ultimate owner
         2. Restoration/forgiveness
         3. Salvation
VI. Conclusion: The Liberty Bell


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