WE NEED WISDOM AS WELL AS GENEROSITY
Lev 27:14 “When a man dedicates his house as a holy gift to Yahveh, the priest will value it as either good or bad; as the priest values it, so it will stand.
Lev 27:15 And if the donor wishes to redeem his house, he will add a fifth to the valuation price, and it will be his.
Lev 27:16 “If a man dedicates to Yahveh part of the land that is his possession, then the valuation will be in proportion to its seed. A homer of barley seed will be valued at fifty shekels of silver.
Lev 27:17 If he dedicates his field from the year of liberation, the valuation will stand,
Lev 27:18 but if he dedicates his field after the liberation, then the priest will figure out the price according to the years that remain until the year of liberation, and a deduction will be made from the valuation.
Lev 27:19 And if he who dedicates the field wishes to redeem it, then he will add a fifth to its valuation price, and it will remain his.
Lev 27:20 But if he does not wish to redeem the field, or if he has sold the field to another man, it will not be redeemed anymore.
Lev 27:21 But the field, when it is released in the liberation, will be a holy gift to Yahveh, like a field that has been devoted. The priest will be in possession of it.
William Kelly comments on this text “The priest valued (the house) good or bad; and at his valuation, so it was to stand. But if the Israelite did not stand to his purpose and wished to redeem, Jehovah made no difficulty, but impressed a reproof on his fickleness by requiring a fifth over its estimated value; and thus he might have his house back.” How quick we are to make promises to God, without considering the nature of the promise. God is not blessed when his people suffer from their own stupidity.
LORD, give us wisdom when it comes to giving.