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Living for Legacy

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children...” states the writer of Proverbs (Proverbs 13:22). His provision is not just for his children but for the following generation after that too. He is looking beyond what he can see in front of him and expecting the future that will unfold long after he is gone. He has future vision. There are many references in the Old Testament to material inheritance. In an agricultural society where survival depended on the harvest of the land it was imperative that land remained in the family. It was possible to buy and sell land but in the Ancient Near East, inherited land was special with its own rules and regulations. For example if a family sold a portion of land for a lower price due to the need to sell quickly during a time of financial hardship, family members were usually able to redeem the land at a future date for a similar low price. It was considered important to help families keep their inherited ancestral lands. Without land

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