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Special Vows to the Lord
Don Ruhl • Savage Street, Grants Pass, Oregon • January 29, ad 2012
- Leviticus 27.1–8 • Vows Pertaining to People
- As we progress through the text we shall understand this valuation.
- Remember Hannah dedicated Samuel to the Lord.
- This valuation was not based on the worth of people, but
- upon their potential work or income.
- A shekel represented one month’s pay.
- Thus, you can see how much money was put out to redeem someone.
- Leviticus 27.9–13 • Vows Pertaining to Animals
- If one decided to redeem that which had been given to the Lord,
- then that person could pay the valuation price, plus one-fifth.
- Leviticus 27.14, 15 • Vows Pertaining to Homes
- Leviticus 27.16–25 • Vows Pertaining to Property
- If someone did not want to redeem land that was dedicated to the Lord, or
- if it had been sold,
- then in the Jubilee,
- it would not revert to the original owner.
- What would happen to it?
- It stayed perpetually devoted to the Lord, and
- became the priest’s possession.
- Leviticus 27.26, 27 • Firstborn Animals Cannot Be Used for a Vow
- Why could firstborn animals not be dedicated in a vow?
- It truly did not belong to the owner, because the firstborn belong to the Lord.
- An “unclean” animal in this context must be a clean animal that was deemed unclean because of a defect or something that the owner had not noticed.
- Leviticus 27.28–33 • Further Regulations on Vows
- Leviticus 27.34 • Summation of the Law
- Sometimes people make rash vows.
- Remember Jephthah.
- Notice in this chapter that the Lord did not provide a way out of a vow.
- Even if someone wanted to redeem what they had vowed,
- they still had to pay a price.
- Vows must be kept:
- Psalm 15
- Pro 20.25
- Ecc 5.1–7