Undo the Heavy Burden

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Month Theme: Reaping in the Jubilee

Topic: Undo the Heavy Burden

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 58:1-12; Luke 4:16-21

Main Text:
Luke 4:19
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

We sanctify the Jubilee, like the chosen fast by undoing heavy burdens (Isaiah 58:6). A burden means a troop, bundle or band. It implies binding people with agreements that leave them heavily disadvantaged. The bands of wickedness kill and destroy. Heavy burdens may not kill you but render you miserable.

Heavy burdens feature commonly in:
1• Labour conditions
- Heavy burdens break labour laws and abuse others. We put heavy burdens on people when we abuse them by making them over work but pay them little for their labour.
2• Marriage settings - Marriage traditions and laws render many especially women incapacitated in many ways.
3• Financial transactions
- High interest rates and unreasonable collaterals when borrowing money. Indebtedness should be cancelled if we know that those who owe us cannot pay back. Heavy taxation and rigorous labour are prohibited in the acceptable day or year of the Lord.

John the Baptist was the voice in the wilderness: his voice was the sound of Jubilee – he sanctified the Jubilee (Isaiah 40:3-4). In the year of Jubilee, heavy burdens were removed. The Gospel of Jesus Christ removes burdens from people. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain.

Prayer: pray and cast down anything that is a burden on you.

Extract From:
"The Jubilee" by Eastwood Anaba
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