Our Name

Time for a review on the meaning of our name: The King’s Jubilee. The jubilee in the Law of Moses was to happen every 50th year. There were to be Sabbath years every 7th year, where the fields were to lie fallow and Hebrew slaves were freed for the year to give them opportunity to earn enough to buy their freedom permanently. The 50th year was a Sabbath of Sabbaths. It followed the 7th Sabbath year and included the cancellation of all debts, the freeing of slaves, and the redistribution of the land. The details of this can be found in Leviticus 25-27. Bound into this plan was the proclamation of the truth that “the earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof.” Land, the most fundamental “capital” in an agrarian society, cannot be owned by men. It belongs to the Lord. So it can only be used for a time. Also, our God is a God of ‘second chances’ and the jubilee reflects this. One may make bad decisions which land one in poverty, debt and bondage. The Sabbath year comes along and gives a break and an opportunity to possibly work into a better situation. Every 50 years comes a radical redistribution, and another shot to live in freedom. The start of this year was marked by the blowing of horns and the lifting of a great shout! The Jews never truly observed the Sabbath years or the Jubilee. That is why they went into captivity. They were in captivity for a year for every Sabbath year they had neglected. In Isaiah 61, the ministry of Christ and his Church is described as a continual Jubilee: “to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” The Church was quick to get about the business of the Jubilee. The Epistle of St. James promotes economic equality and balance saying “Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: But the rich, in that he is made low; because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.” (1:9-10) The Apostle Paul spent one of his journeys collecting to provide for those suffering from a famine “that there may be equality.” [2 Corinthians 8] So the “Jubilee” in our name stems from the desire to fulfill the Lord’s ministry of facilitating His abundance to flow to those in our society in desparate need of a second chance. It is “The King’s” because it belongs to Jesus Christ the King of Kings, along with all that is given, all who serve, all who receive, and the very streets, parks, houses and prisons it is shared in. “Serve the Lord with gladness; come before his presence with singing.”