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The Trumpet Sounds

More thoughts from playing in the Pentateuch last week.
Leviticus 25v9 "Then you shall sound the loud trumpet on the tenth day of the seventh month. On the Day of Atonement you shall sound the trumpet throughout all your land."
Once every fifty years the High Priest makes his annual sacrifice of atonement (to turn aside wrath and remove sin), taking blood into the Most Holy Place and the heart of the Tabernacle/Temple, and then he emerges to sound the trumpet. Announcing Jubilee. Andrew Bonar:

Does the Jubilee represent the preaching of the gospel? Some argue that it does, because Isa. lxi. 1, 2, as used by Jesus at Nazareth, seems to be clothed in the language of the Jubilee. The true answer to this is,that Jesus was the High Priest who blew the jubilee trumpet throughout all the land of Israel, when He proclaimed, "The kingdom of heaven is at hand!" That kingdom which He preached brought in its train "the opening of the prison door to the bound, deliverance to the captive," as well as"glad tidings to the poor." But then Jesus seems to have intended to proclaim, at that time, only that the rights and privileges of the jubilee year should belong to all His true Israel.
The principle of Jubilee was being banded around without reference to the atonement a few years ago to cancel third world debt. I'm quite happy to see excessive debts cancelled by western nations, but if we're going to talk about Jubliee, it has to be tied in to atonement.

When that happens we're talking about a vastly superior Jubilee than just the cancellation of monetary debt. Jesus offers the perfect sacrifice as the propitiation for our sins and the expiation of our sin - going into the Most Holy Place for us.

C.H.Spurgeon says:

So that one of the effects of the atonement was set forth to us in the fact that when the year of jubilee came, it was not on the first day of the year that it was proclaimed, but "on the tenth day of the seventh month." Ay, methinks, that was the best part of it. The scapegoat is gone, and the sins are gone, and no sooner are they gone than the silver trumpet sounds, "The year of jubilee is to come,Return, ye ransomed sinners, home." On that day sinners go free; on that day our poor mortgaged lands are liberated, and our poor estates which have been forfeited by our spiritual bankruptcy are all returned to us. So when Jesus dies, slaves win their liberty, and lost ones receive spiritual life again; when he dies, heaven, the long lost inheritance is ours. Blessed day! Atonement and jubilee ought to go together.

Jesus made atonement by his blood. He has entered into the Most Holy Place, and one day he will come back out to sound the trumpet. 1 Thessalonians 4v16:

"the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God."


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