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Return to your possession II – The House of Judah

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THE WORD SIROCCO Monday, September 21, 2020
Month Theme: Reaping in the Jubilee
Topic: Return to your possession II – The House of Judah
Scripture Reading: Obadiah 1:17-18
Main Text: Leviticus 25:10, Luke 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
God instituted the Jubilee and it was mandatory. Our Jubilee will come. The Israelites always depended on God to release them from bondage and send them back to their possessions.
God gave the Jubilee, but He commanded men to sound the shofar to commemorate it. Someone must make himself or herself available to God for the Jubilee of a family or people to happen. They cannot return to their possession until you sanctify and sound the Jubilee. 
Saviours, deliverers, avengers or rescuers will come up on mount Zion to empower and embolden us to possess our possessions. They will open doors widely and set captives free. The prophet Obadiah prophesied about the return of the people of Israel from the Babylonian captivity to possess their possessions. 
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Return to your possession I

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THE WORD SIROCCO Saturday, September 19, 2020
Month Theme: Reaping in the Jubilee
Topic: Return to your possession I 
Scripture Reading: Job 42:10-11
Main Text: Leviticus 25:10, Luke 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
The Jubilee marked the restoration of all properties except houses in walled cities to the original owners and the return of slaves to their families. The people of Israel sanctified the Jubilee by restoring others’ properties to them and freeing slaves unconditionally. The state of captivity may not involve the physical relocation of people but the displacement of spiritual, emotional, mental, financial and health status. 
Responding to God’s timing to turn captivity is an act of righteousness. It empowers us to bless others, opens doors for them and demonstrate the goodness of God. It is also an act of righteousness to accept God’s goodness towards us. Don’t refuse to be restored or comforted. 
The biblical account of Job is an example of a person whose family, busi…

Clothe those who are naked

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THE WORD SIROCCO Thursday, September 17, 2020
Month Theme: Reaping in the Jubilee
Topic: Clothe those who are naked
Scripture Reading: Luke 4:16-21
Main Text: Isaiah 58:5-7 Luke 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Food and accommodation are necessities of life. Another basic need of life is clothing. Clothing provides covering for nakedness, removes shame, gives warmth and decorates the body. During the periods of oppression and bondage, people are denied good clothing but, in the Jubilee, or God’s chosen fast, God demands that we clothe others.
Human nature is quick to expose and judge naked. The ability to cover nakedness is an act of grace. Grace is the supernatural and unmerited favour and ability of God given to us to accomplish His purposes. 
Nakedness talks about guilt, shame and lack. Covering people’s nakedness physically is a blessing but doing so spiritually is a better blessing. Genesis 9:20-23
Noah’s sons had the grace to cover nakedness. Noah displayed some amount of in…

Bring the poor into your house

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THE WORD SIROCCO Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Month Theme: Reaping in the Jubilee
Topic: Bring the poor into your house
Scripture Reading: Luke 4:16-21
Main Text: Isaiah 58:5-7; Luke 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Feeding people during the Jubilee was not enough. The Israelites were to go further and provide accommodation for the homeless. By the time of the Jubilee, some individuals had lost their homes and lands. It was the responsibility of those who had shelter to ensure that such displaced people had homes to live in. When we bring the poor into our homes, we give them Rest, Refreshing and Restoration.
1.Rest  Rest is cessation of labour and pain. “Fear not” – servants were in constant fear that they could be abused, sold or even killed. Mephibosheth thought of himself as a servant, but David told him not to fear.  1.Refreshing  Rest is cessation of labour but refreshing is the bestowal of favour, kindness, grace, goodness and mercy. Refreshing is usually spiritual or psych…

How to Feed the Hungry

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THE WORD SIROCCO Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Month Theme: Reaping in the Jubilee
Topic: How to Feed the Hungry
Scripture Reading: Luke 4:16-21
Main Text: Ruth 2:1-16; Luke 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
It is an act of righteousness to share our food with the poor during the Jubilee. WHAT we give to hungry and WHEN we feed them are important. But HOW we feed them is crucial – we must feed the hungry and maintain their dignity at the same time. Boaz’s example shows us HOW to feed the hungry:
1.Reached her (Ruth 2:14) - Boaz extended his hand to Ruth. Don’t wait for the hungry to come to you. Go to them. Boaz went beyond his prestigious seat and put food into Ruth’s hand. She sat beside the reapers but he found her. The hungry are too weak and intimidated to come to you – go to them. 2.Reproach her not (Ruth 2:15) - To reproach means to shame, wound, insult, be put to confusion. The poor see themselves as inferior and we should not make their case worse. Ruth had everything to make…

Feeding the Hungry

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THE WORD SIROCCO
Monday, September 14, 2020Month Theme: Reaping in the JubileeTopic: Feeding the HungryScripture Reading: Luke 4:16-21Main Text:
Luke 4:19
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.In God’s chosen fast, the sabbath and Jubilee, the Israelites were commanded to share their food with the poor (Isaiah 58:5-7). Caring for the poor marked sanctifying the Jubilee. The hungry are those who cannot feed themselves. The hungry are weak and sick. Sometimes, they die.It is an act of righteousness to share our food with the poor during the Jubilee. WHAT we give to hungry and WHEN we feed them are important. But HOW we feed them is crucial – we must feed the hungry and maintain their dignity at the same time. Most of the hungry already carry a feeling of shame and low self-esteem. We should not make it worse by being disrespectful when feeding them.Boaz showed great kindness and honour towards Ruth and directed his reapers to intentionally leave some of the harvest for her to glean (R…

Share Your Blessings

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Sunday, September 13, 2020Month Theme: Reaping in the JubileeTopic: Share Your BlessingsScripture Reading: 2 Kings 7:1-11; Luke 4:16-21Main Text:
Luke 4:19
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.Famine is widespread around the world. Wars have displaced many people and rendered them malnourished. The Church must be the answer to the times we live in. The four lepers at the gate of Samaria took a risk, and God used them to bring an end to the famine on the land (2 Kings 7:3-7). The Syrian army heard strange noises when the lepers approached their camp and fled, leaving behind their provisions and animals. What they heard was like the sound of a Jubilee trumpet announcing the freedom of God’s people.After the lepers had experienced God’s favour, they said it was not good for them to keep the good news to themselves. It was not righteous for them to be blessed alone. They told one another, “We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace: if we …

Deal Thy Bread to the Hungry

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Saturday, September 12, 2020Month Theme: Reaping in the JubileeTopic: Deal Thy Bread to the HungryScripture Reading: Isaiah 58:1-12; Luke 4:16-21Main Text:
Luke 4:19
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.The hungry are those who cannot feed themselves. The hungry are weak and sick. Sometimes, they die. There is widespread hunger around the world. Those who have food are required to share their provisions with those who don’t have any. Apart from physical bread, we are mandated to share the spiritual bread of the Word of God with the world.It is an act of righteousness to share our food with the poor during the Jubilee. God rewards people who remember the poor when they have food to eat. Boaz showed great kindness towards Ruth and directed his reapers to intentionally leave some of the harvest for her to glean (Ruth 2:14-16). This act of righteousness paved the way for him to marry Ruth and become part of the genealogy of Jesus Christ. Famine is widespread around the…

Break Every Yoke

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THE WORD SIROCCO Friday, September 11, 2020
Month Theme: Reaping in the Jubilee
Topic: Break Every Yoke
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 58:1-12; Luke 4:16-21
Main Text: Luke 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
A yoke is a device that hinders or limits a person. It binds one person to another person or thing and restricts his or her movement or performance. The yokes of past generations of people in the form of their weaknesses are broken in the Jubilee and we are set free. In the Jubilee stereotypes and prejudices are eradicated. We are not bound to people who have no sense of direction in life. Neither are we bound to people who want to use us to fulfil their visions even if we perish in the process.
We are free from the people and circumstances we didn’t like but others bound us to them. The apostle Paul freed the damsel possessed by a spirit of divination (Acts 16:16-21). This girl was under the yoke of her masters who exploited her to make money. She had no vision of her own. Her des…

Keys to Lettting the Oppressed Go Free

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THE WORD SIROCCOThursday, September 10, 2020
Month Theme: Reaping in the Jubilee
Topic: Keys to Lettting the Oppressed Go Free
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 58:1-12; Luke 4:16-21
Main Text: Luke 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
The devil is the chief agent of oppression. People around the world are experiencing forms of oppressions doctors and psychologists cannot explain. The world acknowledges the existence of physical oppression but deny the reality of spiritual oppression – sicknesses and curses.
Jesus Christ’s life and ministry provides us the keys to let the oppressed go free (Acts 10:38): 1. Anointing - Jesus Christ was anointed with the Holy Ghost and power. He did not depend on physical ability. 2. Advance - Advance is the forward movement of a military unit toward the enemy. Jesus Christ went about – He did not wait for demons to come to Him but He looked for them. People who run away from demons cannot set the oppressed free. 3. Authority - God was with Him, giving Him…