Who does land belong to?

“The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you reside in my land as foreigners and strangers.” (Leviticus 25:23)

Is God interested in real estate? Yes He is, very interested as it turns out. A small strip on the edge of the Mediterranean has been the central focus of His redemptive purpose and the attention of the world for generations.

This land, our land and all land belongs to Him. When we transact or own the land we are merely leaseholders for our Lord, stewards of His property. Land ownership as we understand it, is a misnomer. With this in mind, let us be generous, productive and mindful when dealing with land and always acknowledge its true owner.

Let’s serve people and steward land with an open hand; generous, gracious and grateful.

Quick Prayer. “I acknowledge that all land is yours Lord” Amen

Take Advantage?

“If you sell land to any of your own people or buy land from them, do not take advantage of each other.” (Lev 25:14)

Usually in a deal, one side has an advantage—not always but quite often. The willing buyer and willing seller always have hidden agendas and motivations. While these are usually hidden, sometimes they are not. There may be financial or situational stress causing one party to be vulnerable. It may be a transaction between parties that have a hierarchical relationship or other emotional leverage.

What are we to do in such circumstances? Are we to take the purely commercial view? It is after all a dog-eat-dog world, right? Yes, that is right, but we who have been lifted out of a hopeless situation when we had no leverage should show the mercy we have been shown. Don’t take advantage, and let God bless the outcome.

Quick Prayer: Help me to always deal fairly, Lord. Amen.