Essay : ' Beloved Of The Golden Jubilee Of Our Indian Orthodox Christendom '
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Jubilee Article 2014
Dearly beloved in Christ,
As we are merely weeks away from celebrating the advent of the Golden Jubilee of our Indian Orthodox Christendom, we must not forget those humble roots that we stand on. There isn’t a greater time than this to remember those who dreamt of a glorious tomorrow and planted their footprints for the benefit of future generations; there isn’t a greater time than this to recognize those who identified said footprints and laid out the path for all of us to follow; therefore, let us do just that. Now is also the perfect time to accept that not many of us can claim to be architects to the grandeur of this community. We are nothing but construction workers, building on a foundation that has long been…show more content… When God led the Israelites into the “Promised Land” of Canaan, Joshua, divided the land among all the families of Israel. For the sake of ensuring order among the budding community of Israelites, God gifted them with the Law of Jubilee. Almost all “Laws” of the Lord are thoroughly recorded in the book of Leviticus; the content is directed to teach an uncivilized population, namely the Israelites, the basics of holy living. The ‘Law of the Jubilee’ is recorded in Leviticus 25:8-13: “You shall count off seven weeks of years, seven times seven years, so that the period of seven weeks of years gives forty-nine years. Then you shall have the trumpet sounded loud; on the tenth day of the seventh month—on the Day of Atonement—you shall have the trumpet sounded throughout all your land. And you shall hallow the fiftieth year and you shall proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you: you shall return, every one of you, to your property and every one of you to your family. That fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you: you shall not sow, or reap the after growth, or harvest the unpruned vines. For it is a jubilee; it shall be holy to you: you shall eat only what the field itself produces. In this year of jubilee you shall return, every one of you, to your property.” Because all the land belongs to God, no Israelite was allowed to sell his land permanently. All land sales were temporary; these sales are more familiar