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ON THE SUNDAY
COMMEMORATE THE 50TH YEAR
LEV. c. XXV. v. 9.
" Then shalt thou cause " the trumpet of the Jubilee to sound;" in the day of ATONEMENT shall ye
make “ the trumpet sound throughout all your ** land; and ye shall hallow the fiftieth
year, and proclaim liberty throughout “ all the land, unto all the inhabitants 56 thereof. It shall be a Jubilee unto " you."
The word Jubilee, in the Hebrew language, signifies
“ the sounding of a trumpet.”
But it is restricted to a joyful sound. It is not used to denote the alarm of war, but to distinguish some occasion
of joy and festivity; as when “ Zádok, “ the priest, and Nathan, the prophet, “ anointed Solomon king over Israel; and
they said, blow ye with the trumpet, and say, God save king Solomon.”
But the Jubilee of Israel had respect to a higher occasion than that of the accession or coronation of a king. The year of Jubilee was ordained to be a memorial of the redemption of Israel from the bondage of Egypt; and to be a type of the spiritual redemption of the human race by Jesus Christ. And the trumpet of the Jubilee was a significant emblem of the last GREAT TRUMPET, (“ for the trumpet shall sound"*) at the general release of the servants of the true God at the last day.t
* 1 Cor. xv. 52.
+ This analogy is noticed by one of the Jewisk Rabbins. “ It is appointed to blow the trumpet at the