“At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release of debts. And this is the form of the release: Every creditor who has lent anything to his neighbor shall release it; he shall not require it of his neighbor or his brother, because it is called the Lord ’s release.
Deuteronomy 15:1-2 NKJV
In the old Testament times, G-d gave a stipulation called The Lord’s Release. It was considered the pardoning (forgiving) of a neighbours debt after seven years. It’s amazing that the number seven is used because in Matthew 18, Peter asked Jesus if a neighbor should be forgiven seven times. Jesus then said,
Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.
Matthew 18:21-22 NKJV
They were addressing forgiveness. The releasing of a neighbour, which in this case is an individual and not particularly the person living next to us. Immediately I asked myself, “Am I daily doing the Lord’s release”? Life after Jesus don’t require us to operate by the Law but it is still set as an example and pattern for us to follow, while walking in our freedom through the blood of Jesus. Therefore the Lord’s release is still applicable in our everyday living.
I remember being hurt by someone seven years ago and even in recent times found myself regurgitating the hurt. Wallowing in sorrow, although I thought I’d release the person. It made me realize that though we speak with our mouths and say we release, true release comes from the HEART. Over the seven year period, the many sins I would have committed may be difficult to number. What if G-d held me ransom?
It takes me back to the story in Matthew 18, about the king who pardoned the servant of his debt but the said servant dealt perfidiously with his fellow servant. The same fate he was excused from was what he placed his neighbour through. When the king heard, he got angry and in turn threw him into a place of torment. Sounds familiar? There is a place of torment that no one wishes to go – hell. We then need to walk circumspectly before the Lord.
It’s often said that forgiveness is not for others but for us. Each person has to sort out his salvation and thus forgiveness IS FOR US (emphasis added). We daily require forgiveness of the Lord, how then can be hoard the works of our “neighbour”?
Yes I know that there are some things which seem unpardonable. How dare you to this to me? Especially if TRUST was solid and was deeply betrayed. When those thoughts rear it’s head, think about Judas. He was a disciple, entrusted to Jesus, yet he betrayed him. Compassion was still felt for him by Christ. As difficult as it may be sometimes, may we remember Christ is our example and how he walked, so should we.
I admonish you to exercise the LORDS RELEASE. For your hearts sake. LET IT GO! If an injustice was done to you, allow the Lord to avenge but as for you, let your heart be pure before him.
Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord ? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully.
Psalms 24:3-4 NKJV