Chapter 25 – The Sabbath of the Land & the Year of Jubilee
Leviticus 25 – the big points
1) Rest is important to God. Even the land had to keep its Sabbath.
2) The Sabbath year was a time to be reacquainted with God’s laws.
3) Most things that were lost through debt could be redeemed in the year of Jubilee.
4) The kinsman a redeemer was a type of Christ – a distant relative of King David who came to redeem every Israelite (and all sinners) from sin.
5) The laws of Jubilee were put in place to prevent and family from being permanently impoverished.
Chapter 25 of Leviticus begins with a request for the land to keep a Sabbath to the Lord. Every seventh year the land was to be left fallow – it should not be cultivated that year. I found grace in the thought that God is concerned about all of His creation – even dirt.
See, God knew what every good farmer today knows: planting, tilling, harvesting – all the things we do to get food from the land depletes the resources of the soil. The earth needs time to be replenished. So one year in seven, the land would be left alone so that the nutrients may be restored.
“But what about the people?” you may ask. “What are they going to eat?”
Aha! More grace.
In Leviticus 25:21-22 God answers that question. He will bless them so much in the sixth year that they will have food enough for three years. Three years! That’s a lot of blessings!
Every fiftieth year would be the Year of Jubilee. I don’t know about you but the very word makes me think of joy and gladness. Liberty was proclaimed during Jubilee. If you were a slave, you would be freed. If you had to sell your family land, it would be returned to you.
And that’s about grace.
Anything can be bourne if you knew it had an end. One of the reasons why the enslavement by the Egyptians was so bad was that it had gone on for more than 400 years and there was no end in sight. There was no redeemer. And there’s the other cool thing about this chapter:
The kinsman-redeemer or goel was that relative who had the right to save you. He could buy you out of slavery. He could buy back your land. But the very best thing about the goel is that he told the story of Jesus.
Someday, the distant relative of King David would come and redeem all Israel (and the whole world) from being enslaved to sin. He would proclaim liberty to all people. His grace would cover the sins of the world and make us worthy before the Father. Isn’t that grace?
Lord, thank You for the kinsman-redeemer, the one who proclaimed Jubilee, not just in the fiftieth year but at all times. I am so grateful that you chose to exercise grace and not treat us as our sin deserves. In Jesus’ name. Amen.