Thursday, February 25, 2010

February Twenty Five

Diving right in---->

Redemption of property/Leviticus 25:24-34
All I am saying is that if we followed these rules maybe the whole housing market collapse could have been avoided and I would be sitting outside with my golf course view.....I am just saying..... 23 “The land must never be sold on a permanent basis, for the land belongs to me. You are only foreigners and tenant farmers working for me.
24 “With every purchase of land you must grant the seller the right to buy it back. 25 If one of your fellow Israelites falls into poverty and is forced to sell some family land, then a close relative should buy it back for him. 26 If there is no close relative to buy the land, but the person who sold it gets enough money to buy it back, 27 he then has the right to redeem it from the one who bought it. The price of the land will be discounted according to the number of years until the next Year of Jubilee. In this way the original owner can then return to the land. 28 But if the original owner cannot afford to buy back the land, it will remain with the new owner until the next Year of Jubilee. In the jubilee year, the land must be returned to the original owners so they can return to their family land.

29 “Anyone who sells a house inside a walled town has the right to buy it back for a full year after its sale. During that year, the seller retains the right to buy it back. 30 But if it is not bought back within a year, the sale of the house within the walled town cannot be reversed. It will become the permanent property of the buyer. It will not be returned to the original owner in the Year of Jubilee. 31 But a house in a village—a settlement without fortified walls—will be treated like property in the countryside. Such a house may be bought back at any time, and it must be returned to the original owner in the Year of Jubilee.
I personally need to view my house and property as Gods house and property. I struggle with this.
Now See...Except for the greed of getting money out of the house to live beyond our means isn't this what everyone wants...18 “If you want to live securely in the land, follow my decrees and obey my regulations.
I asked earlier. What is with the Levites that they get special treatment from God? 32 “The Levites always have the right to buy back a house they have sold within the towns allotted to them

Redemption of the poor and enslaved/Leviticus 25:35-55
When God is talking about slavery; Is it the same term we use now? Why was it okay then and not now????? 44 “However, you may purchase male and female slaves from among the nations around you. 45

Blessings for obedience/Leviticus 26:1-13

Punishments for disobedience/Leviticus 26:14-46
I am a little confused. God knows we will disobey because we are made that humans. Does he mean if we are disobedient and do not repent? 14 “However, if you do not listen to me or obey all these commands, 15 and if you break my covenant by rejecting my decrees, treating my regulations with contempt, and refusing to obey my commands, 16 I will punish you. I will bring sudden terrors upon you—wasting diseases and burning fevers that will cause your eyes to fail and your life to ebb away. You will plant your crops in vain because your enemies will eat them. 17 I will turn against you, and you will be defeated by your enemies. Those who hate you will rule over you, and you will run even when no one is chasing you!
18 “And if, in spite of all this, you still disobey me, I will punish you seven times over for your sins.