|Section 8: Anointed Assignment, Article 6
Anointed to Proclaim
the Acceptable Year of Yehuveh
“The Spirit of Yehuveh Elohim is upon me;
because Yehuveh hath anointed me to . . .
proclaim the acceptable year of Yehuveh . . . ”
|I||took dish after dish from my sister Jean’s hand as we emptied Mom’s china cabinet and sorted through items she had treasured. Hand-painted china, delicate vases, relish dishes, and cut glass candy bowls! We chatted about the memories various pieces brought back. Dad and Mom had bought the|
|the house when Jean was a newborn. I had been almost two when we moved in. Several times throughout my childhood Mom had told me, “If everything goes well, we’ll have the house paid off by the time you’re sixteen.” At ages four, five, and six, that house-paid-off-year was an eternity away. But that year had come, and long since passed. Now as I packed fragile dishes, it was an eternity ago!
As Jean and I reflected on all that Dad and Mom had done for us here, we realized just how much of our lives had centered on this house. We had played in the trees in the front yard and planted gardens out back. We had learned to ride bikes on the sloping lawn, gathered eggs in the chicken house, bottle-fed baby goats on the board walk, and played with litters of puppies in the soft grass. Roses still bloomed where Dad had planted them. Later we had brought our own children back to enjoy the country setting. Now it seemed strange to be taking Mom’s and Dad’s treasures away forever. With Mom and Dad both gone, this old house would become Jean’s home. We were both happy about that. She loved the house in a way I never would.
The Debt-Paid-Off Year
Yehuveh has anointed His servants to make a solemn announcement regarding a similar milestone--the “acceptable year.” But what year is He discussing? This translation of the Hebrew word ratsown as acceptable is misleading, but a closer look at the meaning of this Hebrew word unlocks the mystery of what year is here to be proclaimed. Acceptable is from Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary entry H7522: ratsown, meaning “delight (especially as shown),” that is, “a demonstrable or expressed delight,” from Hebrew entry H7521: ratsah, a primary root meaning “to be pleased with; to satisfy a debt.” From this definition of ratsown and drawing from the root word on which ratsown is based, we have a graphic picture of “the demonstrable completed satisfaction of a debt owed.”
Fascinating! What debt? Owed by whom? To whom? When we know who owes what to whom, likely we will also know the year in which this debt is satisfied, the year that debt is cleared—“the acceptable year of Yehuveh” which we are anointed to proclaim.
A debt implies that one person or group has taken or borrowed something from another. Borrowing and lending are not forbidden in Scriptures, though Proverbs cautions strongly against becoming involved in someone else’s debt: “Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts. If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee.” Similarly, 1 Samuel 22:2 speaks of those who have gotten themselves into difficulty with debts which they were unable to repay. Proverbs 22:26. Compare Proverbs 6:1-5; 11:15; 17:18; 27:13.
Originally Written: 21 August 2005
Latest Update: 10 January 2010
Complete Study Guide to Article 6
Ezekiel Models the Timeframe Seven-fold Curse Midst of the Seven (Week)
What Happens When the Debt is Paid? The Acceptable Year--Beginning to End
The Value of this Wisdom
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