Liberty and the Day of Atonement

Leviticus Bible Background

02.17.2017 – Old Testament: Lev 25.8–10

To read the Bible in a year, read Leviticus 24–25 on February 17, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

The Lord did something special by creating the Year of Jubilee for the Israelites, which happened every 49 years plus 1, and it would all culminate on the annual Day of Atonement,

“And you shall count seven sabbaths of years for yourself, seven times seven years; and the time of the seven sabbaths of years shall be to you forty-nine years. Then you shall cause the trumpet of the Jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement you shall make the trumpet to sound throughout all your land. 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” (Leviticus 25.8–10). 

While the Year of Jubilee was the year when property reverted back to its original owner, and people went free of debts, and many other wonderful things, the Lord timed it so that it would fall on the Day of Atonement, the day when the sins of Israel were atoned, and then they had spiritual liberty along with liberty from financial burdens.

By the way, “proclaim liberty throughout all the land,” from this passage, appears on America’s Liberty Bell, hanging in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


  • Do you have freedom in your spirit?
  • Are you willing to set people free from debts that they can never repay?

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