Take A Break Every Generation

God's commitment to the renewal of His people was and is extensive. On top of weekly rest, and a year off every 7 years, in Leviticus 25: 8 – 13 God added a  generational dimension to this Sabbath life-rhythm. He wanted His people to rest, and the land to reset itself back into the possession of the family clans to whom He had originally given it every 50 years. Check this out:“‘Count off seven sabbath years—seven times seven years—so that the seven sabbath years amount to a period of forty-nine years. Then have the trumpet sounded everywhere on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement sound the trumpet throughout your land. Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; each of you is to return to your family property and to your own clan. The fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you; do not sow and do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the untended vines. For it is a jubilee and is to be holy for you; eat only what is taken directly from the fields. “‘In this Year of Jubilee everyone is to return to their own property.’”This 50-year cycle celebrating a Year of Jubilee was God’s reset button for His nation. It reset their focus on God as their sole provider. It reset individual lives as those who had become indentured slaves were, just as in the Sabbath years, set free with all their debts forgiven. It also reset the possession of God’s land. During the previous 49 years God allowed people to buy and sell the land He had divided up as the inheritance of each tribe and clan. Some sold their land inheritance in order to survive. Others bought the inherited land of others in order to make even greater profits. However, every 50th year all the land would be fully repossessed by its original family clan while paying a fair amount to those who had justly purchased the land. The Sabbath year of Jubilee reset the inheritance of God’s people and reminded them that He alone was the true owner of their nation.Stop and think about the entire scope of the entire Sabbath rhythm God gave His people for a moment. When you think about it for a few minutes you start to realize the entire Sabbath rhythm is a phenomenal idea. Who wouldn’t want R & R every seventh day, every 7th year, and every 50th year? One would think God’s brilliant idea would have been readily embraced and applied by His people. One would think the Sabbath concept would have been Israel’s most applied directive from God, but what we think isn’t often how things actually work out. How often do you find yourself entering into any kind of Sabbath rhythm?