Reading: “The trumpet of the jubilee”—Leviticus 25:9
Pause over the subject of the jubilee trumpet for there is a lot of gospel in it. It would seem that there were four distinct and special sounds of the trumpet in the camp of Israel. The trumpet of memorials, so called, (Leviticus 23:24) was blown on the occasion of the new moon, calling the people to the joyful assembly (Psalm 81:8). There was also the fast trumpet of which the prophet speaks (Joel 2:15). There was also the war trumpet which gave a certain sound to prepare for battle (1 Corinthians 14:8) and then this jubilee trumpet, which differed from them all. Although the jubilee trumpet was never heard but once in fifty years, yet so sweet and so distinguishing was the sound, that no poor captive among the servants in the camp of Israel, was at a moment’s loss to understand its gracious meaning.
Is this not like the gospel, when first heard by the ear of faith? When pardon was first proclaimed to you, and the day of His atonement so manifested to your spiritual senses, that the captivity of sin and Satan lost their power over you, was this not indeed the jubilee trumpet, and the acceptable year of the Lord?
I had sold my possessions, sold myself, my life for sin; and the Lord has redeemed it for me again without money. The right of redemption was with Him, He is the next of kin, the nearest of all relations, and the dearest of all brothers. And has redeemed both soul and body, both lands and inheritance by His blood; and so redeemed the whole, never more to be lost again, or forfeited for ever. And now, Lord, the jubilee trumpet sounds and the proclamation of the everlasting gospel is heard in our land, to give liberty to the captive, sight to the blind, to bring the prisoners out of the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. Oh, cause me to know the joyful sound and daily to walk in the light of your gospel countenance, Lord. Cause me, by the sweet influences of the Your Spirit, to live in the constant expectation and enjoyment of the year of the everlasting jubilee, when the trumpet of the archangel shall finally sound, and all the redeemed shall then return to Zion with songs, and everlasting joy upon their heads; when they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.