THERE IS A COST TO FREEDOM
Lev 27:1 Yahveh spoke to Moses, and this is what he said,
Lev 27:2 “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, if anyone makes a special solemn pledge to Yahveh involving the valuation of souls,
Lev 27:3 then the valuation of a male from twenty years old up to sixty years old will be fifty shekels of silver, according to the shekel of the sanctuary.
Lev 27:4 If the person is a female, the valuation will be thirty shekels.
Lev 27:5 If the person is from five years old up to twenty years old, the valuation will be for a male twenty shekels, and for a female ten shekels.
Lev 27:6 If the person is from a month old up to five years old, the valuation will be for a male five shekels of silver, and for a female the valuation will be three shekels of silver.
Lev 27:7 And if the person is sixty years old or over, then the valuation for a male will be fifteen shekels, and for a female ten shekels.
Lev 27:8 And if someone is too poor to pay the valuation, then he will be made to stand before the priest, and the priest will value him; the priest will value him according to what the maker of the solemn pledge can afford.
how much are you worth?
The Israelite who might be concerned for a child – whether that child would live to see old age – had the option to dedicate that child to God. It was assumed that a child dedicated to God and his temple work would be under God’s special protection. But the LORD told the Israelites that they had the option to buy back this dedicated person later. The person was valued according to age and gender, and the valuation was based on how fit that person would potentially be to do the work of the temple.
The spiritual point in this process is not that we have different values. We are all created equal in God’s sight. No, the point seems to be that God’s deliverance is valuable, and it costs us. In other words, God’s presence and provision are worth something to us.
LORD, thank you for your gracious protection and provision.