Sunday, 13 September 2015 20:40

It's a Jubilee, RUN with it!

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According to the Hebrew calendar, this is a year of Jubilee, and so you know, that only happens once every 50 years. Jubilee in Hebrew means simply, trumpet. I had this in mind recently, when I saw the new ad campaign for Asics running shoes (see video below). It begins with a runner who happens to run up on a shofar, which is a ram's horn that the ancient Hebrews would use as a trumpet. In the ad it's just lying in an empty street. The runner picks it up, sounds it out, and runners come out from everywhere to run with him.

For the Hebrews, when a jubilee year began, there would be an initial trumpet blast in the temple or tabernacle, made by a silver trumpet. It would be followed by the fathers and husbands in the homes, who would blow a shofar over their families. That way, the scripture would literally be fulfilled; "You shall thus consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim a release through the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you, and each of you shall return to his own property, and each of you shall return to his family." (Leviticus 25:10 NASB) The sound would go out to all the inhabitants of the land, over every hill and valley. The sound would continue to reverberate throughout the land, as each home aligned with the sound.

In the Asics ad, you see these runners assembling and moving in unison across all sorts of terrain, from highways to rivers, from snow-topped mountains to back roads. I see this happening as the body of Christ runs with the sound of the Lord, in the highways and byways this year.

Jesus began His ministry on a Jubilee year. It is recorded in Luke 4, where He reads from the scrolls of Isaiah 61. In His reading He declares the favorable year of the Lord. That is a Jubilee year. I find it interesting that the Lord's voice is said in Revelation to be a like a trumpet sound, and we're told He is the only one that is worthy to even open the scrolls. As Jesus reads the scroll in the temple, all are astonished, and as He finishes reading the proclamation, He says it is now fulfilled. In other words, the Jubilee is on!

Jubilee, like Isaiah 61, is about exchanges. It is about broken things mended, lost things restored, things once taken away returned to the rightful owners. If you read Isaiah 61 like Jesus did, you'll see the "instead ofs", that He mentions. One of my favorites is the recovery of sight to the blind. I really think that this is a year to see from the God-perspective everything that His Spirit came to bring. He sent His Spirit to first and foremost mend our broken hearts, to give beauty for the areas we've been burned, joy for our losses, and double honor where shame once had its dominion, just to name a few.

I invite you to study more of what this year holds and the prophetic understanding behind it for yourselves. There is way too much to put in this article. I hope this inspires you to search the matter out. Most of us will only see one Jubilee in our life time. Let's make the most of this Jubilee and RUN WITH IT!

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Todd Hadley

Todd and Karon came to Charleston in 1998 in a denominational setting. There they began to have vision for church as we know it to change. The Lord placed people around them who were receiving similar revelation and who stood with them through the storms of doubt, disillusionment, and opposition. Out of this divine discomfort with institutional religion, the word came that the Lord was calling them to a new work. They realized they were in for quite a ride with Jesus.

Todd and Karon both grew up in Columbia, South Carolina, and they were married in 1988. They have four children, Drew, Gabrielle, Hannah, and Lydia, all of whom worship and minister along side the whole of New Heart with the deep love of Christ.