Levites and Redemption
Leviticus 25:29-34 :
“‘If a man sells a dwelling house in a walled city, then he may redeem it within a whole year after it has been sold. For a full year he shall have the right of redemption.
If it isn’t redeemed within the space of a full year, then the house that is in the walled city shall be made sure in perpetuity to him who bought it,
throughout his generations. It shall not be released in the Jubilee. But the houses of the villages which have no wall around them
shall be accounted for with the fields of the country: they may be redeemed, and they shall be released in the Jubilee.
“‘Nevertheless the cities of the Levites, the houses in the cities of their possession, the Levites may redeem at any time.
The Levites may redeem the house that was sold, and the city of his possession, and it shall be released in the Jubilee;
for the houses of the cities of the Levites are their possession among the children of Israel.
But the field of the suburbs of their cities may not be sold; for it is their perpetual possession.
These rules are a good test of what we have learned so far as we have slowly progressed
through the Bible. Have you noticed that the Bible teaches you words
as you go through it? If you have been a Christian a while and have been reading the New Testament, you will probably recognize the words "redeem" and "redemption."
You should also recognize the word "Levites." This illustrates why it is so important for us to learn what the whole Bible says. The Bible is its' own best
commentary. By reading these words in action, we understand them better when we read them later.
We know from Leviticus that the Levites are the ones from which the priests come. We also know, from Genesis that the Levites were not to have their own land
(Genesis 49:5-7). Simeon and Levi, in rage, destroyed a whole town along with the innocent animals, so God cursed them. God was to use these sinners, though.
They became the priests of Israel. That tells us something about the people God uses doesn't it? It also tells us why they had special exceptions when it came
to house ownership. Their houses were going to have to be in the city and their houses were going to be the only thing that they owned. They were to be a perpetual
ownership, just like the land was to be for the rest of the families.
For the rest of the families, if they owned a house in a walled city, they could not buy it back after a year and Jubilee didn't apply. Selling property in the city
was to be final after a year.
So we learn that a Levite is a man of God taken from a cursed family and
redemption is the buying back of your own property after it was lost.
The Bible says that we are priests and that we were redeemed by God from Satan. We are serving God, not because we are such great examples of holiness,
but because we are cursed sinners that were saved by God. Since we have been redeemed, we understand that Jesus paid the price to release us from
Satan's hands. It makes more sense now doesn't it?