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The Jubilee Gospel

Dr Kim Tan
LEAD2015 Plenary Session 5, 06/06/2015


Dr Kim Tan wanted to talk about social holiness, not just personal holiness.

In the OT times, there were outpouring of the Holy Spirit on individuals. Joel prophesied a time when there would be a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Pentecost is regarded as the birth of the church. We thank God for the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We need to understand the Pentecost from the perspective of Joel and also the Passover at Sinai.

Jews celebrate Pentecost as the anniversary of the giving of the law. That is how they understand Pentecost. At Sinai, God gave the law on the hearts of the people instead of on a stone tablet. The law was given for the 12 tribes to form a nation. The Holy Spirit was given on Pentecost to 12 disciples to form a new nation.

God wants to touch our pockets. God does not have a hold with our lives until he got a hold of our back accounts.

1         The Jubilee

1.1     3-year Programm (Deuteronomy 14)

  • Trade from trade / business – crops and flock
  • Levites, widows, orphans and aliens “shall come and be satisfied.” Give one tenth.

1.2         7-year Programme (Deuteronomy 15)

  • One year’s holiday (Exodus 23)
    • Rest (shabat) for slaves, land, animals
    • Land to be unploughed – leave for the poor
    • Trust / Faith
  • Cancel all debts
    • Forgiveness, grace, mercy
  • Release all slaves
    • Liberty non-exploitation
    • Slaves to go out loaded with food
  • Promise: there will be no poor among you

1.3         50-year Programme (Leviticus 25)

  • Another year’s holiday – Ram’s horn on day of atonement
  • Cancel all debts
  • Release all slaves
  • Return all properties bought
    • Wealth creation & private ownership
    • Distribution of assets / wealth = justice
    • Re-discovery of family
    • Vision of Shalom; a touch of Eden – “God dwelling and walking among you.” (Leviticus 26)

The Israelites came into the Promised Land to get a piece of land. In 49 years, they would have garnered wealth, sold lands. At the Day of Atonement, everyone went back to their own home town and meet relatives they have not met. This is the vision of Shalom, where they can have fellowship in their own place.

The Israelites were worried about the 8th year, and other years where the holidays, cancellation of debts overlaps. God told them to live in faith and promised to bless them if they follow God’s commandments.

Holiness is not just what we practices in our own room. WE cannot love Go and not love our neighbour.

The sad thing is that the jubilee was never practised. Israel was taken captive.

Jesus declared the year of Jubilee, which has failed and never practiced.

For 3 years, the disciples of Jesus shared a common purse with Jesus.

Drunk people are generally more generous. In Acts 2, the disciples were drunk in the spirit and sold their possessions and shared it with the new family they had just re-discovered. They realized that they have the same father. They belong to the same family and family share.

The spiritual maturity is not just measured by the spiritual gifts but also the extraordinary generosity towards one another. The church has been practicing this for thousands of year.

2         Jubilee in Acts

It is surely a fact of inexhaustible significance that what our Lord left behind Him was not a book, nor a creed, nor a system of thought, nor a rule of life, but a visible community. He committed the entire work of salvation to that community. It was not that a community gathered round an idea, so that the idea was primary and the community secondary. It was that a community called together by the deliberate choice of the Lord Himself, and re-created in Him, gradually sought – and is seeking – to make explicit who He is and what He has done. The actual community is primary; the understanding of what it is comes second. ~Lesslie Newbigin

  • Irenaeus (AD200) – divide possessions
  • Ignatius (AD115) – common treasury
  • Justin Martyr (AD150) – worship service and food distribution
  • Tertullian (AD222) – community of goods, trust funds of piety
  • Clement of Alexandria (AD214) – community of goods
  • Offerings and love feasts

Different churches and individuals have their own ways of expressing their love and generosity. The church must be a visible community.

The Holy Spirit came to fill us with power for ministry. We need the Spirit to come upon us corporately. One true sign of the Spirit being in us is extraordinary generosity. Another sign is boldness.

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