As I mentioned in an earlier devotion, for me the spiritual meaning of a shemittah release is rooted in forgiveness.
With this thought in mind it will totally change the meaning of what Jesus taught Peter about forgiveness?
Matt 18:21-22 “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”
Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
It has been said that the Rabbi’s taught that forgiving someone three times was sufficient. I have found where a Rabbi Yosi may have taught this in the Talmud using the example of Joseph and his brothers as the backdrop.
But what I find interesting is that seven and multiples of it are used.
Seven is one shemittah. Seventy is ten shemittah. And seventy times seven is 490 or seventy shemittah.
What if Peter was not just talking about forgiving someone seven times but seven years!
Then the response of Jesus is not to forgive someone 490 times but seventy shemittah’s or 490 years. That would mean your whole life!
Forgiveness is not an option – it is a lifelong lifestyle!
Matt 6:15 If you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Abba, my forgiveness from You will become my forgiveness for others. I release them and free myself from any grudges. In Jesus name, YES&AMEN