Leviticus – Chapter 27: Redeeming What Is the Lord’s

Leviticus continues although each chapter is basically the same.  God hands down rules.  A few rules make sense and are good rules, but most are petty rules with ridiculous consequences.  Let’s see what Leviticus 27 brings us.  Will it be anything good?  This is, after all, the very last chapter of Leviticus!  Did the authors and God save the best for last?

“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 twenty and sixty at fifty shekels of silver, according to the sanctuary shekel; for a female, set her value at thirty shekels; for a person between the ages of five and twenty, set the value of a male at twenty shekels and of a female at ten shekels; for a person between one month and five years, set the value of a male at five shekels of silver and that of a female at three shekels of silver; for a person sixty years old or more, set the value of a male at fifteen shekels and of a female at ten shekels.” – Leviticus 27:2-7

It’s no mystery the Bible is full of misogyny, but these verses show the Bible states that men are literally worth more than women!  Men are twice as valuable as women!!!  Wow!  Why was this never discussed in church?  If you are too poor, you can give up livestock, a house, property, etc.

“If anyone making the vow is too poor to pay the specified amount, the person being dedicated is to be presented to the priest, who will set the value according to what the one making the vow can afford.” – Leviticus 27:8

In other words you’d better be on the good side of the priest for he is the one who will determine what you owe!

“A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.” – Leviticus 27:30

In addition to all of the rules, one must give a tithe (tenth of what you own) to the Lord.  The Lord does a great job of taking from the poor and giving to the rich.

“Whoever would redeem any of their tithe must add a fifth of the value to it.” – Leviticus 27:31

To redeem what you are required to give to the Lord you must add a fifth of the value to it!  That’s another 2%, so you are really required to give 12% to the Lord for redemption.

The most alarming thing in this chapter is the Bible (and according to the Bible these are the words of God) telling the Israelites that men are worth more than women.  The Bible makes no apologies, women are worth half that of men.  So if you consider misogyny a good thing, well, you can probably argue that the authors and God did save the best for last in Leviticus.

Coming Soon:  Numbers – Chapter 1:  The Census

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