Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them, When you come into the land which I give you…
It is stated on good authority that when the old Emperor of Russia died, he made the present Emperor promise to set all those serfs free. So the present emperor called the Imperial Council together, and said, "I want to see if you can make some plan by which we can set these men free." They were the proprietors of these serfs, and, of course, they didn't want to free them. The Imperial Council was in session for six long months, and one evening they sent in their decision, sealed, that it was not right, and it is said that he went down to the Greek Church, partook of the sacrament, and went to his palace; and the next morning there was a great commotion, and people could not understand it. Great cannons were brought up around his palace, and in a little while 65,000 soldiers were gathered around the royal palace; and just at twelve o'clock at midnight there came out what we call a proclamation, but what they call a ukase, to the serfs of Russia, that they were free for ever. It spread through the empire, and a shout went through the nation, "The men born in slavery are set free!" They had found one that had set them free. Wasn't that good news? But here is the news of the gospel, that every man born in sin, and taken captive by Satan, can be set free through the power of the Lord Jesus.(T. De Witt Talmage.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a sabbath unto the LORD.