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Redeeming What Is the Lord’s
27 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘If anyone makes a special vow to dedicate a person to the Lord by giving the equivalent value, 3 set the value of a male between the ages of twenty and sixty at fifty shekels[a] of silver, according to the sanctuary shekel[b]; 4 for a female, set her value at thirty shekels[c]; 5 for a person between the ages of five and twenty, set the value of a male at twenty shekels[d] and of a female at ten shekels[e]; 6 for a person between one month and five years, set the value of a male at five shekels[f] of silver and that of a female at three shekels[g] of silver; 7 for a person sixty years old or more, set the value of a male at fifteen shekels[h] and of a female at ten shekels. 8 If anyone making the vow is too poor to pay the specified amount, the person being dedicated is to be presented to the priest, who will set the value according to what the one making the vow can afford.
9 “‘If what they vowed is an animal that is acceptable as an offering to the Lord, such an animal given to the Lord becomes holy. 10 They must not exchange it or substitute a good one for a bad one, or a bad one for a good one; if they should substitute one animal for another, both it and the substitute become holy. 11 If what they vowed is a ceremonially unclean animal—one that is not acceptable as an offering to the Lord—the animal must be presented to the priest, 12 who will judge its quality as good or bad. Whatever value the priest then sets, that is what it will be. 13 If the owner wishes to redeem the animal, a fifth must be added to its value.
14 “‘If anyone dedicates their house as something holy to the Lord, the priest will judge its quality as good or bad. Whatever value the priest then sets, so it will remain. 15 If the one who dedicates their house wishes to redeem it, they must add a fifth to its value, and the house will again become theirs.
16 “‘If anyone dedicates to the Lord part of their family land, its value is to be set according to the amount of seed required for it—fifty shekels of silver to a homer[i] of barley seed. 17 If they dedicate a field during the Year of Jubilee, the value that has been set remains. 18 But if they dedicate a field after the Jubilee, the priest will determine the value according to the number of years that remain until the next Year of Jubilee, and its set value will be reduced. 19 If the one who dedicates the field wishes to redeem it, they must add a fifth to its value, and the field will again become theirs. 20 If, however, they do not redeem the field, or if they have sold it to someone else, it can never be redeemed. 21 When the field is released in the Jubilee, it will become holy, like a field devoted to the Lord; it will become priestly property.
22 “‘If anyone dedicates to the Lord a field they have bought, which is not part of their family land, 23 the priest will determine its value up to the Year of Jubilee, and the owner must pay its value on that day as something holy to the Lord. 24 In the Year of Jubilee the field will revert to the person from whom it was bought, the one whose land it was. 25 Every value is to be set according to the sanctuary shekel, twenty gerahs to the shekel.
26 “‘No one, however, may dedicate the firstborn of an animal, since the firstborn already belongs to the Lord; whether an ox[j] or a sheep, it is the Lord’s. 27 If it is one of the unclean animals, it may be bought back at its set value, adding a fifth of the value to it. If it is not redeemed, it is to be sold at its set value.
28 “‘But nothing that a person owns and devotes[k] to the Lord—whether a human being or an animal or family land—may be sold or redeemed; everything so devoted is most holy to the Lord.
29 “‘No person devoted to destruction[l] may be ransomed; they are to be put to death.
30 “‘A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord. 31 Whoever would redeem any of their tithe must add a fifth of the value to it. 32 Every tithe of the herd and flock—every tenth animal that passes under the shepherd’s rod—will be holy to the Lord. 33 No one may pick out the good from the bad or make any substitution. If anyone does make a substitution, both the animal and its substitute become holy and cannot be redeemed.’”
34 These are the commands the Lord gave Moses at Mount Sinai for the Israelites.
Wow, this is the very last chapter in the book of Leviticus. It’s been a journey and yeah kind of hard. Reminds me of getting the instructions out of a furniture box from Amazon or IKEA …and ..
then …. just … no.
You start putting it together, then there’s lots of little details and instructions about the instructions and Whew..
You really do want to see the finished product but you have to put it down for a little bit, walk away and then go back again… maybe even start over and reread so it becomes clearer to you on what you have to do.
Yep that’s totally how this book has been. This morning Pastor Jose said this chapter is kind of like the Appendix. Not obligatory… but the law does apply when you make a promise or vow to God and break it.
Soo, if you read the whole chapter can you see it’s regarding things given to God, mainly people. 🙃Obviously we’re not giving away slaves or people to the church these days, although I’m sure there’s a few of us that have one or two kids they’d like to drop off at the steps sometimes, but how does this apply to us?
Pastor Jose said that by offering up ourselves in service to the church we are making a promise, vow, commitment to do something for God. Whether it’s serving the dream team, signing up for a Go Team, becoming part of a connect group or small group, becoming a leader of one of these teams or groups, even Signing up for a missions trip… By doing this we are offering ourselves up as a ‘slave’ for a few hours, a half a day, a whole day, even a week or more if you volunteer for the mission field in the Dominican republic.
Keyword about this chapter is everything is VOLUNTARY! I am willing and able to serve you Lord and your church. We are doing it because we want to, not because we have to. BUT When you sign up … Pastor Jose reminded us, “let your yes’s mean yes, and your no’s mean no.” Giving of ourselves to the Lord. First ourselves and then our financial resources, following his commands because we want to.
Promises. We all make promises but how many do we actually feel like keeping or actually follow through with? Some are easy: I promise I’ll call you, I promise I’ll take out the trash, and then the vague hard ones.. I promise I’ll be there or I promise I’ll remember. I don’t know about you but if I don’t put it in my phone immediately and commit to it and make a reminder I’m probably not gonna remember. That valued promise is expected to be fulfilled by you to the other person. They’re counting on it! It means something to them.
This chapter talked about those promises before God that we voluntarily make and about giving to the Lord. All throughout this book we saw that these laws were given ‘before the lord’. Over 60 times in this book alone these words are written. This book pointing to Jesus and obedience to the Lord. Not a building, not a specific denomination… But to God himself. These were commands, not suggestions from the Lord.
Remember when you commit to something God will hold you accountable for it, even if it’s voluntary and extra.
Make your yes mean YES!
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