Leviticus 27* The law concerning vows, Of persons and animals. (1-13) Vowsconcerning houses and land. (14-25) Devoted things not to beredeemed. (26-33) Conclusion. (34)1-13 Zeal for the service of God disposed the Israelites, onsome occasions, to dedicate themselves or their children to theservice of the Lord, in his house for life. Some persons whothus dedicated themselves might be employed as assistants; ingeneral they were to be redeemed for a value. It is good to bezealously affected and liberally disposed for the Lord'sservice; but the matter should be well weighed, and prudenceshould direct as to what we do; else rash vows and hesitation indoing them will dishonour God, and trouble our own minds. 14-25 Our houses, lands, cattle, and all our substance, must beused to the glory of God. It is acceptable to him that a portionbe given to support his worship, and to promote his cause. ButGod would not approve such a degree of zeal as ruined a man'sfamily. 26-33 Things or persons devoted, are distinguished from thingsor persons that were only sanctified. Devoted things were mostholy to the Lord, and could neither be taken back nor applied toother purposes. Whatever productions they had the benefit, Godmust be honoured with the tenth of, if it could be applied. Thusthey acknowledge God to be the Owner of their land, the Giver ofits fruits, and themselves to be his tenants, and dependantsupon him. Thus they gave him thanks for the plenty they enjoyed,and besought his favour in the continuance of it. We are taughtto honour the Lord with our substance. 34 The last verse seems to have reference to this whole book.Many of the precepts in it are moral, and always binding; othersare ceremonial, and peculiar to the Jewish nation; yet they havea spiritual meaning, and so teach us; for unto us, by theseinstitutions, is the gospel preached, as well as unto them, #Heb4:2|. The doctrine of reconciliation to God by a Mediator, isnot clouded with the smoke of burning sacrifice, but cleared bythe knowledge of Christ and him crucified. We are under thesweet and easy institutions of the gospel, which pronouncesthose true worshippers, who worship the Father in spirit andtruth, by Christ only, and in his name. Yet, let us not think,because we are not tied to the ceremonial rites and oblations,that a little care, time, and expense, will serve to honour Godwith. Having boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood ofJesus, let us draw near with a true heart, and in full assuranceof faith, worshipping God with the more cheerfulness and humbleconfidence, still saying, BLESSED BE GOD FOR JESUS CHRIST.
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