The land, moreover, shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are but aliens and sojourners with Me. Thus for every piece of your property, you are to provide for the redemption of the land. ‘If a fellow countryman of yours becomes so poor he has to sell part of his property, then his nearest kinsman is to come and buy back what his relative has sold. Leviticus 24:23-25
God told Moses that the land they were given belonged to the Lord. The children of Israel were to “possess” the land. So, it wasn’t rightfully their to buy or sell (in a permanent sense). The provision for a relative to come and buy back any temporarily sold or lost property pointed to the ultimate kinsmen redeemer – Jesus. He would buy “us” back. The Bible says “do you not know that you were bought with a price?”
Do I live with the understanding that my life is no longer my own? Am I good caretaker of what God has given me? How am I cooperating with God in His redemptive work in the world?
God, what an amazing idea. Its true, all that I see belongs to You, myself included. By my own will, I have made my life Yours. Today, as I do chores and spend time with Maureen, I pray You will direct our steps and conversations. May we be an encouragement to people and a part of Your plan to redeem people. Let me be a mini-Kinsmen Redeemer.