In Vayikra of the Torah, the Most High told Moshe to blow the trumpet in all the land and honor its fiftieth year. As Chapter 25 says: “Hallow the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you and each of you shall return to his ancestral possession, and each of you shall return to his family.”
Although Israel never kept this commandment, the fiftieth year was to have been a time to restructure the economy. All land would be given back to its original owners, all debts forgiven, and all born into slavery or sold into it would be freed. Above all else, the fiftieth year was a time to remember the One to whom the land belonged, even as He said, “The land shall not be sold into perpetual ownership, for the land is Mine, you are only strangers and temporary residents with Me.”
What a celebration that would be! This is the Israel God intended, one where love and justice would rule every human relationship. There is no true justice unless it arises from real, heart-felt love. Love and justice go together like man and wife. Love is the motive; justice is the result. At every Jubilee celebration, the whole nation would come together to celebrate their national accomplishments and to restore equality to the poor. As Moshe also said in Chapter 25, “Do not take advantage of each other, but fear your God,” and “If one of your countrymen becomes poor and is unable to support himself among you, help him ...”
Only a society of people determined to carry out these two commands: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” and “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” would be able to obey this scripture. Any society determined to put these words into practice will have the help of Heaven and a life of faith to produce it.
Once, a long time ago there was a band of Jews who lived this way. They followed the teachings of the Rabbi Yahshua. As a man’s spirit inhabits his body, so Love lived and expressed itself on the earth in this man, Yahshua. The fruit of his life was a whole new society – literally thousands of men, women, and children living together in peace, with no needy among them, fulfilling Devarim (Deuteronomy) 15:4-8. His Spirit enabled them to love. Justice was the result.
But what happened? That life waned. Love left that community and walked on. For nearly two thousand years He has been seeking a new body to live in, a body of people that could be His very own, a nation expressing His character to the ends of the earth. Now, at last, He has found that. Once again Love dwells in a body on the earth. He has found a new and lasting home. Here is where He brought us.
You’ve got to meet Him. Then you’ll understand. It’s really happening.