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Leviticus 24 [Read]
Leviticus 25 [Read]
Mark 1:23-45 [Read]
Leviticus 25 is a long chapter. Though the topic seemed to be centered on years of Sabbath and Jubilee, the main subject was the land. The laws given to Moses stipulated that the Israelites should give rest to the land on the 7th year, so the land would continue to provide them with crops. It was made clear that the land should not be sold permanently, for no one owned the land but God (25:23).
I noticed a couple of things in here. First, land must carry a special meaning to the Israelites. Since their ancestor Abraham answered the call of God and came to Canaan, they had always been nomads, moving from place to place living in tents. The only piece of land they purchased and owned was the field in Machpelah near Mamre (Gen 23:17) as their burial ground. They lived a life without roots on earth, and the only time they rested on a piece of land was when they died.
Second, I suddenly realized the importance of 25:1. Everything in this chapter was given to Israelites through Moses on Mount Sinai. In other words, these people had not even seen the land yet. In fact, the Israelites had lived in Egypt for over 400 years, and none of the later generations had seen the land of Canaan where their ancestors used to live. The whole chapter must seem like a castle in the sky to them.
But that’s how God works. “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Co 4:18). God wants his people to live on his promises, even when they cannot be seen. This is against our human instinct, for we would believe only when we see it. But “faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Heb 11:1). Our Promised Land is not here. In some sense, it is a castle in the sky. But the castle shall descend as the New Jerusalem one day (Rev 21:2). On that day, there shall not be tears, death, mourning, crying, or pain, for the old shall pass away (Rev 21:4). Let us rejoice for such everlasting vision, and let us live by it each day.
Keep on reading. You are almost done with Leviticus.