The Shemitah: God's Year of Release

Sermonette by David C. Grabbe

For those who ardently keep God's Laws, the year of release (Deuteronomy 15:1-2), the land Sabbath, and the subsequent Jubilee, with the cancelation of debts and freedom from indentured (slavery) servitude, are joyous blessings, but for those who ignore or reject these laws the Shemitah presents itself as a grave curse—a …


The Year of Release

Sermonette by John W. Ritenbaugh

The land Sabbath is a type of the weekly Sabbath, wherein the land is given time to regenerate, and all debts (and grudges) are forgiven and slaves set free.


How Do the Land Sabbath and Jubilee Years Work (Leviticus 25)?

Bible Questions & Answers

After seven cycles of sabbatical years, a total of 49 years, the fiftieth year was proclaimed a jubilee. The land was to rest from cultivation.


Lessons From a Sandpile

Commentary by David C. Grabbe

Inspired by a sandpile, physicists developed a computer model to simulated the critical juncture when a single grain of sand would cause an avalanche.


Deuteronomy (Part 1)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Deuteronomy is the heartbeat of the Old Testament and the constitution of Israel. It is a condensed form of the entire Bible, quoted 195 times in the New Testament.


2015 Eclipse

Commentary by John W. Ritenbaugh

A set of astronomical events like these will not occur for another 500 years. Consequently, this could be a significant year prophetically.


The Last Jubilee

Sermonette by Bill Onisick

The Jubilee was designed to keep the family whole. The Jubilee provided guardrails to prevent them from obsessing about acquiring wealth.


Deuteronomy Opening

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The book of Deuteronomy is addressed to the Israel of God, a group of God's called out ones who have been convicted that the Law has not been done away.


Are the Blood Moons Significant? (Part Two)

CGG Weekly by David C. Grabbe

When the lights in the heavens are darkened, it indicates that the time is up, and judgment is at hand. Something—such as a nation—is coming to an end.


A New Beginning

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

Martin Collins, reflecting on the rich imagery of the holy days, reiterates that it is impossible to understand God's master plan unless one understands the symbolism and imagery of the Holy Days. Atonement has special uniqueness as a solemn day of affliction, fasting and rest, bringing about humility (or humbling) as a state of …


Deuteronomy (Part 1) (1994)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

Deuteronomy could be considered the New Testament of the Old Testament, serving as a commentary on the Ten Commandments. It gives vision for critical times.


The Fourth Commandment (Part 2)

Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

The Sabbath reminds us that God is Creator and that we were once in slavery to sin. The Sabbath is a time of blessing, deliverance, liberty, and redemption.


Why Count Fifty Days?

Sermon by Richard T. Ritenbaugh

The Bible has much to say about the number fifty, such as counting 50 days to Pentecost, the measurements of the Tabernacle, and the 50 year Jubilee.


God's Stare Decisis

Sermon by Mark Schindler

'Stare Decisis' is a principle that precedent should determine legal decision in making a case involving similar facts.


Handwriting on the Wall (2015)

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John W. Ritenbaugh

At the end of a seven year cycle, the seventh year on the Hebrew calendar, was the year of release when the Law was publicly and solemnly read.


Lacking Nothing (Part Three)

Sermon by Martin G. Collins

We should reduce expenses today in order to be free tomorrow. Debt is designed to bring people under subjection; the debtor is always the servant.


The Commandments (Part Six)

Sermon/Bible Study by John W. Ritenbaugh

God gave the Sabbath to His people so they can know Him intimately. Idolatry, scattering, and captivity are the natural consequences of Sabbath-breaking.


Prosperity

Feast of Tabernacles Sermon by John O. Reid (1930-2016)

John Reid, reflecting on the derelict shadow population of the LA warehouse district, observes that amidst abundant wealth, pockets of poverty also co-exist. As modern Israel, we still suffer the consequences of ancient Israel's request to have a king like every other nation, and to adopt political and economic systems like …


Stop the Groundhog Day of Sin

Sermon by Kim Myers

Instead of repeating the same day over again, we must break the habits of things like gossip, promiscuity, pornography, sexual immorality, and drunkenness.