A collection of excerpts from Torah Club on the weekly Torah Portions, from Genesis to Deuteronomy.
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God makes us responsible for helping others who are in need. Where do we begin? The world is full of need. A person could exhaust all his resources giving to those in need. Who should you give to first? How should you give, and how much?
The generation did not, and we still wait for the final redemption. Nevertheless, the Master’s death and resurrection accomplished the redemption of our souls. If a person will repent and turn to the LORD for the forgiveness of sins in Yeshua’s name, he can enter into the spiritual Jubilee today. The Redeemer has already paid the price for the ransom, and He extends His hand to lift us up out of the miry pit. The doors of redemption stand open before us even now.
Those who set dates actually rob us of the joy of anticipating Messiah’s arrival. By setting dates, the eschatologists disappoint their adherents again and again. When we have set our hopes on a certain date and that date passes by without Messiah’s coming, we find it harder and harder to believe that Messiah is coming at all.
Yeshua is our jubilee year. He told the people in the synagogue in Nazareth that He had come to "proclaim release to the captives ... to set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the LORD" (Luke 4:18-19). The favorable year of the LORD is the jubilee year. Yeshua is a spiritual jubilee. His death pays the debt of sin that we cannot repay. In Yeshua, sins are forgiven and wiped away forever. He sets us free from bondage to the adversary, and, to our utter astonishment, He gives us the rich ancestral inheritance of a place in Israel. We are transformed from misery to spiritual riches. That's what salvation in Yeshua is all about.