Leviticus 25:1-17. The Economy

How do we reflect the freedom of rest in our lives? What things (economic, activities etc) drive or even enslave us and keep us from rest in this life? How may we strive to enter the rest Jesus has opened for us? [Audio | Notes]

Michael Flynn


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Leviticus 25

For further thought

There were seven major festivals on the Hebrew calendar. The weekly Sabbath; the festivals of Spring harvest, namely, passover, unleavened bread, weeks (or pentecost); the Autumn festivals of day of atonement, booths (tabernacles) and the Sabbath rest of the land every 7th year mentioned in this chapter. 7 festivals, 7 days, 7 years, 7X7 years (during the 50th year) would be the year of Jubilee. 

Q: What is this emphasis on the number 7 recalling and why? 

Q: Why is the greatest sign that Israel is now free from slavery in Egypt their rest? 

Read chapter 27 and note the economic features of Hebrew society. 

Q: If these laws were kept what would be the impact of them on the society over generations? 

Q: Is the economic system a version of socialism, capitalism, communism or none of these? 

Q: What were the conditions governing Hebrew slavery and how does it differ from our normal understanding of slavery? 

Q: Given the broad definition of slavery Leviticus uses in this chapter what things in our culture would appear to be a version of slavery to an ancient Hebrew? 

Jesus described his mission in his first sermon as bringing the time of Jubliee (Luke 4.18-19 quoting Isaiah 61.1). Hebrews 4 describes how Jesus has opened again for us the unending day of rest that we must strive to enter. 

Q: How do we reflect the freedom of rest in our lives? What things (economic, activities etc) drive or even enslave us and keep us from rest in this life? How may we strive to enter the rest Jesus has opened for us?


Talk outline

The freedom to rest

Why is this fascinating?

Who are the slaves? 

How do we find rest?