Happy Friday, brothers and sisters! Today's passage continues the instruction for jubilee, a very odd practice from a human and especially consumer perspective. This was one of many living analogies God made for His people to help them learn first hand what He was doing for them, and points directly to Jesus, our Redeemer. Let God’s word show you the beauty of His laws in light of His larger story. - Luke

The following guide is a resource for your personal time of abiding with the Lord and for your Community Group when you meet.  It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table. At the end of this guide is a resource from www.esv.org to help with our study of Leviticus.

CONNECT

VISION + STORIES

Take time to connect and be reminded of our shared vision- We are a people abiding in Christ, to join His vision of transformation in our homes, neighborhoods, work places and city. 

+ WHAT is one way you see the Lord working in the lives of those you are walking with to discover the gospel?

SING + PRAY

Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community.  A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).

DISCOVER [ Leviticus 25:23-55 ] In Large group

+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)

23 “The land shall not be sold in perpetuity, for the land is mine. For you are strangers and sojourners with me. 24 And in all the country you possess, you shall allow a redemption of the land.

+ To whom does the land belong? [v23]
+ What are God's people? [v23]
+ What is happening to the land in v24?

25 “If your brother becomes poor and sells part of his property, then his nearest redeemer shall come and redeem what his brother has sold. 26 If a man has no one to redeem it and then himself becomes prosperous and finds sufficient means to redeem it, 27 let him calculate the years since he sold it and pay back the balance to the man to whom he sold it, and then return to his property. 28 But if he does not have sufficient means to recover it, then what he sold shall remain in the hand of the buyer until the year of jubilee. In the jubilee it shall be released, and he shall return to his property.

+ What was the role of the redeemer in this sense? [v25]
+ How does God demonstrate justice in v26-27?
+ What happens with the sold land in the year of jubilee? [v28]

29 “If a man sells a dwelling house in a walled city, he may redeem it within a year of its sale. For a full year he shall have the right of redemption. 30 If it is not redeemed within a full year, then the house in the walled city shall belong in perpetuity to the buyer, throughout his generations; it shall not be released in the jubilee. 31 But the houses of the villages that have no wall around them shall be classified with the fields of the land. They may be redeemed, and they shall be released in the jubilee. 32 As for the cities of the Levites, the Levites may redeem at any time the houses in the cities they possess. 33 And if one of the Levites exercises his right of redemption, then the house that was sold in a city they possess shall be released in the jubilee. For the houses in the cities of the Levites are their possession among the people of Israel. 34 But the fields of pastureland belonging to their cities may not be sold, for that is their possession forever.

+ How were the more substantial works of human hands, houses in walled cities, treated differently from simple houses more closely associated with God's land? [v29-31]

+ How were the houses of the Levites, who didn't have land to work like other tribes so they were able to focus on the religious work supporting all of Israel, treated differently? [v32-34]

35 “If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall support him as though he were a stranger and a sojourner, and he shall live with you. 36 Take no interest from him or profit, but fear your God, that your brother may live beside you. 37 You shall not lend him your money at interest, nor give him your food for profit. 38 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan, and to be your God.

+ How were poorer people to be treated, and why? [v35-38]

39 “If your brother becomes poor beside you and sells himself to you, you shall not make him serve as a slave: 40 he shall be with you as a hired worker and as a sojourner. He shall serve with you until the year of the jubilee. 41 Then he shall go out from you, he and his children with him, and go back to his own clan and return to the possession of his fathers. 42 For they are my servants, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt; they shall not be sold as slaves. 43 You shall not rule over him ruthlessly but shall fear your God. 44 As for your male and female slaves whom you may have: you may buy male and female slaves from among the nations that are around you. 45 You may also buy from among the strangers who sojourn with you and their clans that are with you, who have been born in your land, and they may be your property. 46 You may bequeath them to your sons after you to inherit as a possession forever. You may make slaves of them, but over your brothers the people of Israel you shall not rule, one over another ruthlessly.

+ How are God's people, who were slaves to because they could not pay their own debt (analogous to modern Christians whose debt was paid by Christ), treated differently from slaves that were not God's people (analogous to modern people who are not born again as Christians, God's people, and are thus in perpetual slavery to sin)? [v39-46]

47 “If a stranger or sojourner with you becomes rich, and your brother beside him becomes poor and sells himself to the stranger or sojourner with you or to a member of the stranger's clan, 48 then after he is sold he may be redeemed. One of his brothers may redeem him, 49 or his uncle or his cousin may redeem him, or a close relative from his clan may redeem him. Or if he grows rich he may redeem himself. 50 He shall calculate with his buyer from the year when he sold himself to him until the year of jubilee, and the price of his sale shall vary with the number of years. The time he was with his owner shall be rated as the time of a hired worker. 51 If there are still many years left, he shall pay proportionately for his redemption some of his sale price. 52 If there remain but a few years until the year of jubilee, he shall calculate and pay for his redemption in proportion to his years of service. 53 He shall treat him as a worker hired year by year. He shall not rule ruthlessly over him in your sight. 54 And if he is not redeemed by these means, then he and his children with him shall be released in the year of jubilee. 55 For it is to me that the people of Israel are servants. They are my servants whom I brought out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

+ To whom do God's people ultimately belong? [v55]

PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)

+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?  (Below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)

+ God pointed out numerous times how to be fair in our dealings with one another, and to take care of those who are poorer or unable to care for themselves. Is there any restoration you need to make to a brother or sister?


+ Is there any forgiveness or returning to God that should be done to improve your relationship with others or with God?

+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., spend time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)

+ God wants to increase His kingdom, for those around you to be His people. How can you encourage others toward our Great Redeemer?

STUDY GUIDE ( ESV STUDY BIBLE - WWW.ESV.ORG )

Lev. 25:23–24 The land is the Lord’s, and the Israelites are strangers and sojourners. They are tenants, essentially.

Lev. 25:25–28 If an Israelite is forced to sell his land, the land can be brought back to the family in one of three ways: (1) a close relative, called a kinsman-redeemer, buys it; (2) the one who sold it can buy it back; or (3) it is returned at the jubilee.

Lev. 25:35–38 Israelites are to show mercy to one another because they have received mercy from God.

Lev. 25:39–46 A poor Israelite may have sold himself to a fellow Israelite. His right to return to his house at the jubilee means he has sold just his labor, and not his status as a free Israelite.

Lev. 25:47–55 The sojourner is required to keep the laws of Israel while residing in the land.