Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Lord's Release = Shemitah

I'm sure you're wondering where the term "Shemitah" comes from in Scripture (the Bible) and what it means. (Tweet that!) It means “the LORD's release."

The Shemitah was an order given by God to the people of Israel after they left slavery in Egypt and were preparing to enter the Promised Land. It was a very unique order.  He told them that every seventh year they were to rest.

Imagine that. Take a year off! (Tweet that!)

Not only the people, but the land was supposed to rest. Here it is in God's Word:

When you come into the land which I give you, then the land shall keep a Sabbath unto the LORD. Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard, and gather its fruit; but in the seventh year there shall be a Sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a Sabbath to the LORD.  (Leviticus 25:2-4)

This same order was also recorded in Exodus:

Six years you shall sow your land and gather its produce, but the seventh year you shall let it rest and lie fallow, that the poor of your people may eat. (Exodus 23:10-11)

This is called the Shemitah in the Hebrew. That word means "the release," "the remission," or "the letting rest."

Another way to translate the word shemitah is: the LORD's release.

This word has profound meaning and many different facets. We'll continue to explore the meaning of the Shemitah, or the LORD's release, more in the next post.


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