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Leviticus 27

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Regulations About Tithing and Making Vows

Leviticus 27

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Lesson Number 30

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Under the Law, there were regulations concerning vows.
  2. Under the Law, there were regulations concerning tithes.

Practical Application

  1. Don’t try to beat the system!

Questions

  1. What is the primary topic of Leviticus 27?
  2. What three categories could be dedicated to the Lord in this passage?
  3. How did a vow differ from a law?
  4. Give a famous example from the Bible of someone dedicating a person to the Lord.
  5. List three categories of things that could not be dedicated by vow to the Lord.

Answers

  1. The regulation of voluntary vows and dedications to the Lord
  2. Persons, animals, and property
  3. A vow was voluntary, not mandatory, and usually was temporary. However if you did make a vow, it was a very serious matter and very important that it be kept during the time agreed upon.
  4. Hannah dedicated her son Samuel to the service of the Lord. (1 Samuel 1)
  5. 1. You could not vow or redeem firstborn clean animals because they already belonged to the Lord. 2. You could not vow or redeem something that had already been dedicated to the Lord for good purposes. 3. You could not vow or redeem something that had already been designated for the Lord’s judgment.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Those who made voluntary vows had to literally give what they dedicated or redeem it with the value plus 20% in money. There could be no talk and tokenism only. Think about yourself. Are you tempted to put on a show of godliness and exaggerate how much you do for the Lord or give to the Lord?
  2. Think back over your study of Leviticus. What were your expectations and perceptions of the book before you studied it. Are they different or the same now?

Challenge

  1. Today you are not required to give a vow to the Lord, but if you do give your word to give Him something, do you carry through? Are you good on your word?

Key Verses

  • “And when a man dedicates his house to be holy to the Lord, then the priest shall set a value for it, whether it is good or bad; as the priest values it, so it shall stand.” Leviticus 27:14
  • “And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s. It is holy to the Lord.” Leviticus 27:30

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