Leviticus 25:23-34

23 ‘The land, moreover, shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are but aliens and sojourners with Me. 24 Thus for every [j]piece of your property, you are to provide for the redemption of the land.

25 ‘If a [k]fellow countryman of yours becomes so poor he has to sell part of his property, then his nearest kinsman is to come and buy back what his [l]relative has sold. 26 Or in case a man has no kinsman, but so [m]recovers his means as to find sufficient for its redemption, 27 then he shall calculate the years since its sale and refund the balance to the man to whom he sold it, and so return to his property.28 But if [n]he has not found sufficient means to get it back for himself, then what he has sold shall remain in the hands of its purchaser until the year of jubilee; but at the jubilee it shall [o]revert, that he may return to his property.

29 ‘Likewise, if a man sells a dwelling house in a walled city, then his redemption right remains valid until a full year from its sale; his right of redemption lasts a full year. 30 But if it is not bought back for him within the space of a full year, then the house that is in the walled city passes permanently to its purchaser throughout his generations; it does not [p]revert in the jubilee. 31 The houses of the villages, however, which have no surrounding wall shall be considered [q]as open fields; they have redemption rights and [r]revert in the jubilee. 32 As for cities of the Levites, the Levites have a permanent right of redemption for the houses of the cities which are their possession. 33 What, therefore, [s]belongs to the Levites may be redeemed and a house sale [t]in the city of this possession [u]reverts in the jubilee, for the houses of the cities of the Levites are their possession among the sons of Israel.34 But pasture fields of their cities shall not be sold, for that is their perpetual possession.

Here God goes into a bit more detail about redemption rights and the year of jubilee. It is clarified that only fields (which includes houses on property outside a walled city), can be redeemed. The sale of a house inside the city is a permanent deal.

Beyond this, I think it interesting that the cities of the Levites (the tribe of the priests and those who served in religious duties), had a different rule. Their houses could not be permanently sold, and their fields could not be sold at all. God (again) took special care of those who were in a role of ministry, to ensure they always had the means to provide (via their fields), and essentially they could only “rent out” their house, with a term up to 50 years.

As I’ve said before, it is not a light responsibility to take care of a Pastor and his family. We should do our best to provide for them, in accordance with the importance that God places upon their role in the church.

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