Leviticus 27 takes off from the comments I made yesterday about the ransom. It is difficult to fully understand this section because we know so little about the details surrounding the dedication of things to God, as they were done in the days of Leviticus. In case you were confused, people regularly dedicated persons and animals to God. Instead of actually giving them over to the priests for use in the Temple (Tabernacle) work, sometimes (actually most of the time) they would pay an agreed upon amount instead. This afforded the ministry with labor and financial resources.
Maybe Hillcrest should add this to our baby dedication services. We keep the baby to assist us in folding mailings, licking stamps and cleaning out gutters or the parents pay 5 shekels of silver ($27 or 2 oz of silver). Maybe not.
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.