May 27, 2014
Leviticus 25-Part 3
Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Romans 3:24
LET IT GLOW
The other day, my sister in law and I were out shopping together and decided to have lunch. She lovingly paid for my lunch. I wonder if this would be an example of a redeemer.
This chapter mentions a kinsman-redeemer, yet in another way.
Someone wants to be your Redeemer. Read on, dear ones, to find out who.
We have studied Jewish laws concerning their Sabbatic year, which occurred every 7 years, and the Year of Jubilee, which was observed every 50 years. the land was to be given rest and no seeds were to be planted. It was like a sacrifice unto the Lord, who owns all the earth.
Shall we dig a little deeper and see what the rest of this chapter has to say?
The Care of the Poor (verses 25-55)
- These laws applied for all time, including the Sabbatic and Jubilee Years.
- First we read about the general principle in verses 25-28, and then how they are applied in specific situations.
- A person who had to sell property because of a financial need cold redeem it at any time, or a brother could redeem it for him. The price would be determined by the number of years remaining until the Year of Jubilee.
The seller had one year in which to buy it back. After that, the owner held the property as long as
he pleased; and it would not revert to the original owner during the Year of Jubilee. Levites were
2. A poor brother (verses 35-46)
Jews were to no oppress one another or take advantage of another in financial matters. They were
to loan money without interest. A Jewish slave could go free during this special year.
3. The Kinsman-Redeemer (verses 47-55)
The redeemer could rescue a relative by paying his debts and recovering his land. Boaz redeemed
Ruth and Naomi and their property.
Redeemer means to be the next of kin (and as such to buy back a relative's property, marry his widow); deliverer; purchase; ransom.
[Resource: Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the Old Testament]
How much do we care for our family? Will we be a redeemer for them? Do we care about the poor?
LET IT GROW
This pictures our Lord Jesus as our Kinsman-Redeemer. He became our close relative when He became a man (John 1:14; Phil. 2:1-11). He paid the price for our redemption by dying on the cross. He was willing and able to save us.
Job said it in 19:25, For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth.
Psalm 78:35 states, And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer.
Thus saith the LORD, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel... (Isaiah 43:14)
Jeremiah 50:34 says, Their Redeemer is strong; the LORD of Hosts is His name...
Is Jesus your Redeemer? Have you asked Him to be?
How wonder it is to have Him pay the price for my salvation, offering it to me for free! How can we but love and praise Him!
LET IT GO
Praise the Lord for being my Redeemer!
My Redeemer lives, and on the earth again shall stand.
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