Week 32: Freedom
- Leviticus 25:1-26:2
- Jeremiah 32:6-27
- Luke 4:16-21, Galatians 5:1-13
The Torah portion this week gives us a amazing glimpse into the system of how freedom was brought to those in slavery. Every seven and fifty years the people were freed from their debts and slavery. God also had a provision for the land to rest. Freedom was placed in the fabric of the Torah, so that we might take special notice of how God desires people to be in total freedom to worship him in spirit and truth.
“Then this message came to Jeremiah from the Lord: ‘I am the Lord, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me?’” - Jeremiah 32: 26-27
Jeremiah makes such clarity about the greatness of God. Since He created it all and is in it all, what could be too hard for God when it comes to matters of humanity?
The reading in Galatians is directed to those who live by the Spirit. The truth that we are still waiting for what God has promised us through Christ Jesus. We are exhorted to express our faith in love. What a challenge to seek oneness in the body of Messiah between Jews and Gentiles. After reading Jeremiah 32:26 nothing is too hard for God.
“The scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day!” Luke 4:20 One of the most powerful scriptures watching Jesus fulfill the words of the Prophet Isaiah.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see,that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.” – Luke 4:18-19
Now that Jesus has come and fulfilled this passage, freedom can finally be experienced. Every moment of your life there is a choice to be free and choose life or to go back into bondage.
Questions for Reflection:
▪ What is in my life that is too hard for me, but not God?
▪ Am I living by the Spirit?
▪ How is my faith expressed in love to myself and those around me?
▪ Do I believe that the Spirit of God is now in me to be an agent of Luke 4:18-19?
▪ Am I experiencing the freedom God has to offer?