ABEL, WHERE IS CAIN?
Lev 25:39 “If your brother becomes poor beside you and sells himself to you, you will not make him serve as a slave:
Lev 25:40 he will be with you as a hired worker and as a temporary resident. He will serve with you until the year of the liberation.
Lev 25:41 Then he will go out from you, he and his children with him, and go back to his own clan and return to the possession of his fathers.
Lev 25:42 Because they are my servants, whom I brought out of the land of Egypt; they will not be sold as slaves.
Lev 25:43 You will not rule over him ruthlessly but will fear your God.
brothers yet to be liberated
The jubilee laws created a society where there were landowners were responsible for treating the poor fairly. It was not perfect. In a perfect society, there would be no poor. But it was a way of giving hope to those who had not yet achieved stability. There was hope for redemption and restoration. Poverty itself became a kind of symbol for lostness, and the people of God were to understand that the poor and temporary Gentile residents among them were to be protected because of their potential.
In the same way, those societies where Christians enjoy a majority should demonstrate kindness and fairness toward the lost among them. They are not enemies; they are brothers yet to be liberated.
LORD, we resolve to pray for and protect the lost around us.