5. a. How the Year of Jubilee differs from the typical Sabbath year—
- Observed every fiftieth year—after every seventh ordinary Sabbatical year
- The year is set apart as holy.
- Begins on the Day of Atonement
- A ram’s horn is sounded loud and long throughout the land.
- Any land sold in the previous fifty years returns to the original owner or his family.
- The land is never permanently sold because it belongs to God. The seller retains the option to buy it back at any time.
- All slaves are set free, regardless of the number of years they have served.
- Each person may return to the land of his ancestors and to his own clan.
b. The idea central to the Jubilee theme in Leviticus 25:10 and the other verses referenced—
—is freedom from slavery for all the Hebrew people. God was serious about this command. After all, He rescued all of them from Egyptian slavery. He now considered them His own servants. See Leviticus 25:42, 55
6. a. The regulations of verses 13-17 were meant to accomplish—
- Each person may return to the land originally given to their ancestors. God designated each portion of the Promised Land to a specific tribe.
- Fairness when negotiating the sale of land.
- Set the price for land based on the number of years until the year of Jubilee, since the land will revert back to the original owner at that time.
- Show their fear of God by not taking advantage of each other. Love your neighbor as yourself.
- Remember the land belongs to God.
b. Conditions and promises set by God in verses 18-22—
If you follow my decrees and obey my laws—
- You will live securely in the land.
- The land will yield large crops.
- In the sixth year, they will gather enough to last three years.
7. a. Obligation of the nearest relative to poor family members—
“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.” Leviticus 25:18 NLT This allowed the original owner to move back to the land.
Boaz acted as a kinsman redeemer by showing kindness to Ruth, Naomi’s daughter-in-law. “Now there was a wealthy and influential man in Bethlehem named Boaz, who was a relative of Naomi’s husband, Elimelech.” Ruth 2:1 NLT
Boaz and Ruth are ancestors of Jesus Christ, often called our kinsman-redeemer.
b. Galatians 4:4-5 Jesus bought our freedom—
“God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.”
Jesus redeems us because of our great need for a savior. In Hebrews 2:11, because Jesus’ sacrifice makes us holy, we have the same Father and He calls us his brothers and sisters.
Photo Credit Meditation by Marian Trinidad via Creation Swap
The above are MY answers to the BSF study questions, not THE answers.