SOAP Journal – 2 March 2017 (Leviticus 25:24)

Thus for every piece of your property, you are to provide for the redemption of the land.

Leviticus 25:24

Tucked away in Leviticus are laws that I am quite sure critics of The Bible are ready to trot out and be offended by. Chapter 25 includes laws governing such things as debt slavery, the Sabbath Year and the Year of Jubilee, and selling property in a city and in the country. Woven through all of the laws in this chapter is this common thread: Who owns what.

There are two basic owners mentioned in the chapter: God and anyone else. When God speaks of the Israelites, He says that they are His servants (v 42). When God speaks of the land, He lets the Israelites know that it is His and that they are just passing through (v 23). Ultimately, as the psalmist says, the earth is the LORD’s and everything in it (Psalm 24:1). But Leviticus is addressed primarily to the Israelites, so the focus is a bit different.

This morning’s verse is one of my favorite commands issued by the Owner of the Earth. God commands that every piece of … property sold must also have a redemption price provided. The chapter gives specifics. The price of sale was calculated from the anticipated average annual crop yield from date of sale to the Year of Jubilee. To buy the land back; to redeem it required the same calculation. Regardless of whether or not the original owner redeemed it, the land reverted to its original owner in the Year of Jubilee, thus ensuring that no Israelite would be permanently homeless.

More, this concept of redemption and the fact that it was required that a redemption price be set for every piece of property sold becomes very interesting for me as a believer when I get to the New Testament (NT) and Jesus speaks of redeeming me. It is actually pretty interesting when Job, speaking before this law was handed down to the Israelites, said that he know that his Redeemer lived (Job 19:25). Knowing that this law is present makes so much of the language in the NT make sense.

The application for me is this: I have been redeemed which means that I was bought with a calculated price. That price was the life and blood of Jesus Christ. Like the Israelite who was redeemed, I am the possession of God. His servant. Let me conduct myself accordingly.

Thank You, Father, for redeeming me. Thank You that You calculated the price and were willing to pay it. Please continue to work on and in me to make me a worthwhile servant to You.


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