Daily Archives: March 8, 2012

Leviticus 25; Mark 11:1-18

Redemption stands out. Sabbath rests and Jubilee. Old Testament buying back land and freedom on the top half of my screen, followed by Jesus entering the city to shouts of praise and blessing, “hosanna!” in the New Testament. Jesus, who came to buy back. Jesus, who came to set free.

That was the first impression. Yet over coffee this morning, I’m lingering over land. Maybe because yesterday I spent three hours preparing gardens for spring. Maybe because I’m eager to get back out and trim up apple trees in anticipation of fall fruits. But mostly because where there’s a lot of ink, and it’s Old Testament, I’m likely to¬† glance over precisely where I need to slow down.

Show your fear of God by not taking advantage of each other. I am the LORD your God. Leviticus 25:17 NLT

Had me questioning where I put my trust. If it’s in God, I can do what’s right. And choosing what’s right shows who I serve.

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. Leviticus 25:23

I came into this world with nothing. I take nothing out when I leave it. That is so very humbling. This makes me think of Jesus and the parables of the rich land owner who returns to ask the servants how they spent their time and talents. Suddenly work and “stuff” get put in very clear perspective.

For the people of Israel belong to me. They are my servants, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt. I am the LORD your God. Leviticus 25:55

The Israelites were slaves to the Egyptians, and God brought them out. They belong to Him. I think of how they wandered in the desert so many years, wondering if they’d have been better off back in Egypt. Haven’t I also wanted to return to old thinking by default? I was a slave to sin, now redeemed by Christ, bought back and freed. When eternal life begins here, I don’t have to put shackles back on by accepting imprisoning labels. I can live free today. Returning to these pages again and again magnifies the beauty and the scope of the gift.

So very thankful to love and serve such an awesome God.

Courtney (66books365)

As Jesus rides into the city and the people cry out, “Hosanna!” In the footnotes, I read, “Save now.”

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