Parashat B'Har May 5th

בהר B’har

Leviticus 25.1—26.2

In this week's Parasha we read the folling in Leviticus 25.9-10: “Then you shall send abroad the loud trumpet on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the day of atonement you shall send abroad the trumpet throughout all your land. And you shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants; it shall be a jubilee for you, when each of you shall return to his property and each of you shall return to his family.”

The proclamation of liberty looks forward to the coming of the Messiah. It is reflected in the messianic passage in Isaiah 61.1: “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good tidings to the afflicted; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.” This passage was quoted by Jesus in the synagogue in Nazareth as he declared his messiahship (Luke 4).

It was on the evening of the Day of Atonement, after the complete cycle of seven sevens of years was fulfilled, that the “Jubilee” was proclaimed (Leviticus 23.9, 10). This was the signal of liberty, not only to the people but for the land itself, because in that year of liberty the land was neither to be ploughed, sown, nor reaped. The prophets of Israel recognized the typological significance of this proclamation, and they rejoiced in spirit. By faith they greeted from afar the time when, after Israel’s iniquity shall have been purged, Messiah will not only “proclaim liberty to the captives,” but the earth itself shall at last enjoy her rest. Indeed, the whole creation, which has been groaning and travailing in pain together until now, shall at last be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God (Romans 8.21-22).




Haftarah: (A,S) Jeremiah 32.6-27; (T) Jeremiah 16.19—17.14


Shabbat Shalom!

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