The thought of a year of jubilee was a dream (or a joke) until the day our wonderful friend Alicia, before she moved to Bolivia, handed us a green jug with a load of change in it. "This is for your Jubilee Fund," she said. And thus our Jubilee plans began as did Dane's obsession with finding change.
The Sabbatical Year (Rest of Entire Rest, Year of Rest, Year of Release, The 7th Year) which is probably a more fitting name for what we are doing had many implications for the Israelites. To name a few:
1. Soil, vineyards, and the olive yard would have perfect rest. For our lives this means rest from a 9-5 income generating job.
2. Spontaneous growth of field or tree was for free use to the poor, hireling, stranger, servant and cattle. For our lives this means work that we produce will be for others.
3. Remission of Debts. For our lives I'm not sure...don't make others in debt to us, don't do things that would oppress the poor
4. At the Feast of Tabernacles, the law was to be read alound in solemn assembly before the sanctuary. For our lives this means reading scripture aloud together.
Jubilee in Hebrew is Yobel (a blast of a trumpet). This Year of Liberty was announced with the blowing of trumpets and yes, thanks to Dane, our Jubilee Year was started with the blast of a trumpet on June 1, 2010.