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Perspective - True Freedom

// posted Friday, Sep 29, 2017 by Mervyn Eloff

This October we celebrate 49 years of God’s grace at St James. How thankful we can be for all that the Lord has done, as we trust Him for future blessings. In the Bible the number 7 and its multiples are important numbers. In Genesis 2 we read that God rested from His creation work on the 7th day, declaring it holy, a Sabbath day. Israel were thus commanded to honour the Sabbath both in remembrance of God the Creator and, after their deliverance from Egypt, also in remembrance of God their Redeemer (compare Exodus 20:8-11 with Deuteronomy 5:12-14). In the Book of Revelation, the number 7 represents God and His perfections. And, of particular significance for our 49th birthday as a church, we note in Leviticus 25:8-54, that the 49th year ushers in the year of Jubilee, a year to remember the freedom that God’s people enjoy because He has redeemed them from slavery. For Israel that meant remembering their deliverance from bondage in Egypt and living practically as the free people of God. For us today it means remembering the even greater deliverance from the penalty and power of sin that Jesus has brought about. It is this greater deliverance and the true freedom that flows from it that Jesus is speaking about in John 8:34-36