Week 51 – 30 December 2012

The Year of the Lord’s Favour

1. Acceptable Year of the Lord

  • Isaiah 61:1-2 –  1The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God;
  • Luke 4:19 – 19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
  • Favor = unmerited blessings
  • Year of the Lord’s favor describes both the Jubilee year of release and the year of justice during the 1st or 2nd year of reign of a new King
  • Jesus as the King of the Kingdom of God usher in the Year of release for all who receives Him

2. Proclamation of liberty of release of debts

  • Release from the debtor’s prison of all who could not pay their debts
  • Matthew 18:34 – 34 And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.
  • Jesus came to set us free from bondages we could not free ourselves from by mere exercising of our will

3. Restoration of inheritances

  • Inheritances which were lost due to sin
  • Our identity and value as human being created in the image of God
  • For the Jews as the chosen people
  • What the enemy has stolen from us through sins

4. Cessation from work

  • We need not work to gain God’s acceptance and favour; God Himself took the initiative to receive us
  • Grace enters into the lives of all those who receive Jesus; Grace vs Legalism
  • The work of Jesus is sufficient for us; He contains all that we need


1. 耶和华的恩年

  • 以赛亚书61:1-2 – 1主耶和华的灵在我身上。因为耶和华用膏膏我,叫我传好信息给谦卑的人,(或作传福音给贫穷的人)差遣我医好伤心的人,报告被掳的得释放,被囚的出监牢。2报告耶和华的恩年,和我们神报仇的日子。安慰一切悲哀的人。
  • 路加福音4:19 – 19 报告神悦纳人的禧年。
  • 恩惠 = 不应得的祝福
  • 神悦纳人的禧年形容一位新上任的国王在第一和第二年所实行的豁免年和按公义审判的一年
  • 耶稣身为神国度的君王为所有接纳他的人带来豁免年

2. 宣告豁免债务的自由

  • 让无法偿还的人从债务的监牢中得自由
  • 马太福音18:34 – 34主人就大怒,把他交给掌刑的,等他还清了所欠的债。
  • 我们无法单单靠着自己的意志来让自己得自由,耶稣来了把我们从这捆绑中释放出来

3. 重新得修复的产业

  • 因着罪而失去的产业
  • 我们按照神的形象被创造的身份和价值
  • 犹太人乃是被拣选的子民
  • 仇敌透过罪从我们身上盗取的一切

4. 停止工作

  • 我们不需要做工以取得神的接纳和恩惠;神本身主动地接纳我们
  • 恩典进入凡是接受耶稣之人的生命;恩典vs 墨守律法
  • 耶稣的作为对我们来说是足够的;他拥有我们所需的一切