PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Leviticus 27
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“To dedicate a person to the Lord by giving the equivalent value…” (Leviticus 27:2)
To ‘devote’ someone or something to the Lord was an act of love or loyalty.
They were considered holy, dedicated to the Lord’s purpose, whatever that meant.
To redeem that offering meant to keep it, but pay its value in place.
The value assigned to humans was based on their economic worth in an agricultural setting.
No, the value does not make them less loved or less important to God.
I’ve tried to come up with an understanding or application that makes sense.
As I see it, I am not the one dedicating, I am the one that has been dedicated.
“For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.” (John 17:19)
Jesus has presented me to God, and made me ‘most holy to the Lord’.
“Everything so devoted is most holy to the Lord.” (Leviticus 27:28)
He has made the personal sacrifice of love, so that God can have me as his own.
Jesus wanted to redeem us, but what is the value he placed on us – his life?
Jesus had to pay the ultimate price to redeem us, and he did.
So whatever these laws meant to the Israelites, to me they show me HOW MUCH God loves me.
Lord, you have devoted yourself to me, in order to devote me to God. I do not feel worthy of the price you paid, but this is how much you felt I was worth. Thank you.