“The Lesson of His Love to the Seventh POWER”
Parashah B’HAR (Leviticus 25:1-26:2) Week 32
ADONAI spoke to Moshe on Mount Sinai; he said, “Tell the people of Isra’el, ‘When you enter the land I am giving you, the land itself is to observe a Shabbat rest for ADONAI. Six years you will sow your field; six years you will prune your grapevines and gather their produce. But in the seventh year is to be a Shabbat of complete rest for the land, a Shabbat for ADONAI, you will neither sow your field nor prune your grape vines. You are not to harvest what grows by itself from the seeds left by your previous harvest, and you are not to gather the grapes of your untended vine; it is to be a year of complete rest for the land. But what the land produces during the year of Shabbat will be food for all of you – you, your servant, your maid, your employee, anyone living near you, your livestock and the wild animals on your land; everything the land produces may be used for food.
“‘You are to count seven Shabbats of years, seven times seven years, that is, forty-nine years. Then, on the tenth day of the seventh month, on Yom Kippur, you are to sound a blast on the shofar; you are to sound the shofar all through your land, and you are to consecrate the fiftieth year, proclaiming freedom throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It will be a yovel for you; you will return everyone to the land he owns, and everyone is to return to his family.’” (Leviticus 25:1-10 CJB)
Parashah B’Har (On Mount) is explicit with instructions from Adonai to the people of Israel; timed before the Nation would enter the promised Covenant Land. The principle of the Sabbath Rest would apply not only to the new Nation of Israel, but also to the land they would inhabit.
The repetitive use of a word or number in the Scriptures denotes extreme importance. We see by repetition, patterns which are part of God’s blueprint from heaven. Patterns like the design elements of architecture bring beauty. The number seven is used seven hundred and thirty-five times in the Scriptures, fifty-four times alone, in The Book of Revelation.
Seven denotes the meaning of completeness and perfection.
The first verse in the Torah contains seven words. In the creation story, God rested on the seventh day. According to Jewish tradition, there are seven Universal Laws called Sheva Mitzvot Bnei Noah or The Seven Laws of Noah, which are:
Do not murder. Do not steal. Do not worship false gods. Do not be sexually immoral.
Do not eat the limb removed from a live animal. Do not curse God. Set up courts, and bring offenders to justice.
We see the perfection in our heavenly Father’s ways, which bring us closer into the intimacy He desires with us. He teaches us with mercy and compassion, by starting simply, then adding His truths one by one, building our understanding of Him, and building our faith stone by stone.
Adonai is the builder of creation, with a supernatural creative force that is His, alone.
The Jubilee Year marks the time when all debts are forgiven; all land goes back to the original owners and the captives are set free!
Each cyclical Sabbatical REST shines like the sun on faith, beauty, restoration, justice and freedom.
In the ancient world of slaves and slave masters, the concepts of resting, forgiving debts, setting slaves free, and returning land which had been sold or taken illegally, back to rightful family ownership, would have been other-worldly in thought and behavior.
This is the Lesson of His Love to the Seventh POWER. The number seven boldly elicits perfection and completion. He is The Great I am — The Unchanging One — The Un-Created One. He calls Himself — I am that I am.
Adonai was, and is, and is to come…AS HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN! Adonai is complete in His holiness. Adonai is complete in His perfection.
To first understand this is required, in order to see how His love is perfect to the Seventh POWER. Adonai revealed this to me as I ran and prayed over Parashah B’Har. The number seven, so Biblically relevant, was revealed in its exponentiality by the compounding infiniteness of God’s Love, to the Seventh POWER.
His love is infinite and capable of unlimited expression. Complete and perfect is His love! His perfect love is unlimited as it compounds over time and space and history…
To the Seventh POWER of perfection and completion. This is the element of infinity which our finite minds cannot grasp this side of heaven! We must trust all this to be true, and we must wait in faith to understand the mind of God until… ‘That Day’!
This is the Lesson of His Love to the Seventh POWER. In Him and by Him, we too may live in this completeness, by His Love to the Seventh POWER. By taking the sixth day, the sixth month, the sixth year, as required, to reflect and take inventory of our lives, we must first inventory His abundant blessings.
In this sixth set-aside time, designated for reflection, we must reflect on Adonai first, considering His unfailing love, His promises kept, and His provisions so abundant. It is in His reflection that we will see our own. Repentance will surely follow!
This is the Lesson of His Love to the Seventh POWER. Adonai, the Creator and Divine Architect of life, and the Master Weaver of all earthly history, calls us into His miraculous love to the Seventh POWER.
Adonai has sounded the Shofar with his own lips, calling us into the mysteries of His love. It is in His designated, holy pauses that we reflect on His greatness and come into deep praise and worship of Him, because of all the great things He has done.
Oh, to be COMPLETELY AND PERFECTLYLOVED like this, to His Seventh POWER!
Now, this is faith that ushers in our Sabbath rest!