Not Mine Anyway

“‘The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you reside in my land as foreigners and strangers…Even if someone is not redeemed in any of these ways, they and their children are to be released in the Year of Jubilee, for the Israelites belong to me as servants. They are my servants, whom I brought out of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.'” [Leviticus 25:23 &54-55 NIV]

Photo by Patrick Hajzler

Photo by Patrick Hajzler

When I read these passages recently, it made me think of the old medieval feudal system. In those days the nobleman held a large estate, his castle and grounds being the central community. Everyone living on his lands were his tenants and provided produce to keep his household running. I’m sure they were able to keep some to live on for themselves, but nothing actually belonged to them.

In the same way, the Lord was telling the Israelites that everything belonged to Him and that they were His tenants. Perhaps many of the medieval lords were tough on their tenants, exacting more tribute than was really necessary out of greed, and forcing them to live in penury.

But our God has never been like that. He was a generous king and promised abundance to His people. They were only required to give their first fruits to honour Him. And they were not to be possessive of their land or servants.

What a simpler lifestyle that would be. No more striving for ownership of things that will ultimately stay behind when we pass on. If we stopped grasping at possessions and allowed that God holds all in His hands, maybe we could relax and enjoy life a little more. And more so, as His children, all that He owns is at our fingertips for the asking.

What are you grasping onto today, that you need to release back to Him?

Published in: on 18th February, 2013 at 10:37 am  Leave a Comment  
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