Leviticus 25, Mark 1

Leviticus 25:10
And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a Jubilee for you; and each of you shall return to his possession, and each of you shall return to his family.

Our year of jubilee was the day we surrendered our lives to Jesus, were set free from the bondage of sin, and returned to our real family…the family of God.

Leviticus 25:20-21
“And if you say, “What shall we eat in the seventh year, since we shall not sow nor gather in our produce?” 21 Then I will command My blessing on you in the sixth year, and it will bring forth produce enough for three years.

The Lord is all about taking care of His people. It is something He promises He will do. These verses tie into what Jesus said, “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat? ’ or ‘What shall we drink? ’ or ‘What shall we wear? ’…For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you (Matthew 6:31-33).

Leviticus 25:40
As a hired servant and a sojourner he shall be with you, and shall serve you until the Year of Jubilee.

In Old Testament times, slavery was not as we normally think of it today. It was more of an employee/employer relationship. There were good masters and there were bad masters. However it was not always a negative thing to be a slave.

Mark 1:4
John came baptizing in the wilderness and preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.

John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance, an acknowledgement of sin and the need to have that sin dealt with. John the Baptist, was the forerunner for Jesus, the herald who would announce that the Messiah (the Anointed One) had come.

Mark 1:14-15
14 Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 and saying, “ The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

From the very beginning of Jesus’s ministry, He preached a message of repentance. This is so important to understand, because without repentance, there can be no forgiveness of sin. We must never forget to preach about the need to repent for without it, no one could be saved.

Mark 1:23-24
Now there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, 24 saying, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!”

Demons know who Jesus is, and are subject to Him. They have no power over a person other than that which God allows.

Mark 1:35
35 Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.

Jesus is a great example of early morning prayer. Whenever I read this I think, “If Jesus felt the need to pray, I must pray all the more.”

Mark 1:45
However, he went out and began to proclaim it freely, and to spread the matter, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter the city, but was outside in deserted places; and they came to Him from every direction.

When Jesus touches your life, you have to tell somebody!

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