This is what the Bible calls a year of celebration that the Jews celebrated every fifty years. That year was a year of rest for the earth, because they didn’t work the land. The people of Israel ate what the land produced by itself, but no one went to take care of the fields; nobody was watering or pruning the trees.
In addition, it was a year to set people free from debts. If someone owed money, the debt was forgiven that year. That way, no one had debts. All accounts were reset to zero.
In the year of jubilee, if someone had had to sell a property such a house or land, the person who had bought it had to return that property to its former owner, who had probably inherited it from their family.
Also, on the jubilee, people who had slaves had to set them free.
That mean that in the year of jubilee, no one had debts, no one had lost their property, and there were no slaves.
Through the year of jubilee, every fifty years, God protected those who were most disadvantaged. The jubilee was a year of liberation, a holy year, set apart by God to do justice to those who were oppressed.
How wonderful it would be for that to happen today! Don’t you think?
There would be no poor people, no slaves, and the land would rest and produce more.
Write in your Prayer Journal what this would have been like if they had obeyed the advice that God gives in the Bible.