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Posts from July 2020

Leviticus 27 – The Value of Male and Female, Young and Old

Most of Leviticus 27 deals with taking back vows.  To vow a person, object or place to God was a serious commitment in Bible times.  To take back a vow once it was committed was allowable, but costly. Leviticus 27:1-8 overviews the valuation of vows that dealt with people.  Here’s the chart I put on the screen during the sermon: AGE 1 m. – 5 yrs. 5-20 yrs. 20-60 yrs. 60+ yrs. MALE 5 shekels 20 shekels 50 shekels 15…

Leviticus 26 – Idols, Idols, Idols (Idols, Idols)

Leviticus 26 provides rich sources of further study. Immediately the “sister chapter” Deuteronomy 28 comes to mind for parallel texts. Also, the book of Ezekiel provides much overlap with the curses in Lev 26. We can also compare other Ancient Near Eastern law codes—such as that of Hammurabi—to help further our understanding of how covenants blessed and cursed. But what caught my attention most of all were the many words used in Lev 26 used for the concept of idolatry. The chapter begins, “You…

Leviticus 25b – Jubilee in Acts?

During the Year of Jubilee, the Israelites celebrated the release of slaves, the forgiveness of debt and the return to tribal land.  Property sold due to poverty was restored to its original owner and the land had another year of rest. In today’s sermon, we briefly explored connections between Isaiah 61 and Luke 4 and the way the Jubilee prophetically looked forward to the coming of the Messiah.  But is there a hint of more Jubilee in the book of…

Leviticus 25a – When Was the Year of Jubilee?

Leviticus 25:8-10 reads: “You shall count seven weeks of years, seven times seven years, so that the time of the seven weeks of years shall give you forty-nine years. 9 Then you shall sound the loud trumpet on the tenth day of the seventh month. On the Day of Atonement you shall sound the trumpet throughout all your land. 10 And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be…