El Rancho Costa Plenty
by on July 11, 2021
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"Speak to the Israelites & say to them: 'If anyone makes a special vow to dedicate a person to the Lord by giving the equivalent value, set the value of a male between the ages of 20 & 60 at 50 shekels of silver, according to the sanctuary shekel”
~Levi 27:2-3
A simple explanation paraphrased from Chuck Smith - `Now if you make a vow unto God & say, "God, I"m gonna give You my life," wonderful. "Now I want to take my life back. Lord, I"ve decided not to give You my life." Well hey, He won"t play Indian giver w/ you. You want to take yourself back now? You don't want to give your life to God? Ok drop 50 shekels of silver into the pot. You had to buy yourself back from the Lord. You made a vow; you made a commitment. "God, I"m giving my life to You, now I"m gonna take my life back." Ok, you can buy your life back from God for 50 shekels of silver...
Now the main idea is be careful what you promise God. You know the Bible says, "When you come into the presence of God don"t be swift to speak. You know, really weigh your words. The Psalmist prayed, "Lord don"t let me sin w/ my lips." I think of how many times we actually sin w/ our lips when we're making promises & vows to God.
Now the Bible says, "It"s better not to make a vow at all"(Ecc 5:5). God doesn"t require you to make vows. So it"s better that you don't make any vow at all, then to make a vow to God & break it, because God takes you serious...He doesn"t play those kinds of games w/ you. "All right if you want it back, put in the kitty what it"s worth."
That"s what the whole chapter is about. Anything that you vowed to God, anything that you promised to God, if you wanted to take it back, then God charged you.”
God wants us to pay attention to what we say and do. Our walk must always measure up to our talk. Do we fail yes but there is a way out. Jesus paid the figurative 50 shekels by His death on the cross. Ask God to apply His righteousness to you & try again in God's strength & see His success.
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