Redeemed: Leviticus 27:14-34

Leviticus 27:14‑34  •  4 min. read  •  grade level: 12
Leviticus 27:14-3414And when a man shall sanctify his house to be holy unto the Lord, then the priest shall estimate it, whether it be good or bad: as the priest shall estimate it, so shall it stand. 15And if he that sanctified it will redeem his house, then he shall add the fifth part of the money of thy estimation unto it, and it shall be his. 16And if a man shall sanctify unto the Lord some part of a field of his possession, then thy estimation shall be according to the seed thereof: an homer of barley seed shall be valued at fifty shekels of silver. 17If he sanctify his field from the year of jubilee, according to thy estimation it shall stand. 18But if he sanctify his field after the jubilee, then the priest shall reckon unto him the money according to the years that remain, even unto the year of the jubilee, and it shall be abated from thy estimation. 19And if he that sanctified the field will in any wise redeem it, then he shall add the fifth part of the money of thy estimation unto it, and it shall be assured to him. 20And if he will not redeem the field, or if he have sold the field to another man, it shall not be redeemed any more. 21But the field, when it goeth out in the jubilee, shall be holy unto the Lord, as a field devoted; the possession thereof shall be the priest's. 22And if a man sanctify unto the Lord a field which he hath bought, which is not of the fields of his possession; 23Then the priest shall reckon unto him the worth of thy estimation, even unto the year of the jubilee: and he shall give thine estimation in that day, as a holy thing unto the Lord. 24In the year of the jubilee the field shall return unto him of whom it was bought, even to him to whom the possession of the land did belong. 25And all thy estimations shall be according to the shekel of the sanctuary: twenty gerahs shall be the shekel. 26Only the firstling of the beasts, which should be the Lord's firstling, no man shall sanctify it; whether it be ox, or sheep: it is the Lord's. 27And if it be of an unclean beast, then he shall redeem it according to thine estimation, and shall add a fifth part of it thereto: or if it be not redeemed, then it shall be sold according to thy estimation. 28Notwithstanding no devoted thing, that a man shall devote unto the Lord of all that he hath, both of man and beast, and of the field of his possession, shall be sold or redeemed: every devoted thing is most holy unto the Lord. 29None devoted, which shall be devoted of men, shall be redeemed; but shall surely be put to death. 30And 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 unto the Lord. 31And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof. 32And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the Lord. 33He shall not search whether it be good or bad, neither shall he change it: and if he change it at all, then both it and the change thereof shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed. 34These are the commandments, which the Lord commanded Moses for the children of Israel in mount Sinai. (Leviticus 27:14‑34)
As we have remarked, it is well to notice that God has declared His full and complete satisfaction in the work His beloved Son has accomplished. The Lord Jesus, the One and the only One who could pay for Israel’s broken vow — the broken law — has paid the debt in full, and He is now seated at the right hand of the Majesty on high (Hebrews 1:33Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; (Hebrews 1:3)). If there should be one reading these lines who is unsaved, or in doubt, we would point you now to that finished work of Calvary. Not only did the Lord Jesus bear the sins of those of faith in Israel, but the message is now sent out to “whosoever will.” God would have you turn from yourself, your own thoughts, and your own self-righteous rags (Isaiah 64:66But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. (Isaiah 64:6)), and see the value He has put upon the precious blood of Christ. He has said in His unchangeable Word that, “the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin” (1 John 1:77But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (1 John 1:7)). Oh, what peace and joy fill the soul when we can truthfully sing the words of the little hymn,
“God is satisfied with Jesus,
I am satisfied as well.”
Redeeming the Land
It then follows in our chapter the redeeming of the land when it had been sold, and this, too, the Lord Jesus has done, for He bought the field, which is the world (Matthew 13:3838The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; (Matthew 13:38)), and now with a double right, as both Creator and Redeemer, He will bring Israel back into their land in peace and blessing. And He has added the fifth part in this, too, for the future glory of Israel during the millennium, which will be “greater than of the former” (Haggai 2:7-97And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts. 8The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts. 9The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts. (Haggai 2:7‑9)). We notice here in our chapter that when this redemption took place, the priest was not to search whether the thing to be redeemed was good or bad, nor was he to allow any change to be made in the matter. How beautifully this tells us of the Lord Jesus who did not look for any goodness in us (for we were all bad), and who would not alter or change, but setting His “face like a flint” He went on in obedient love and devotedness to the cross to pay our great debt. Yes, He paid it all, blessed be His name, for all blessing must rest upon God’s unchanging faithfulness and not on Israel’s goodness, for there could not be any blessing to them, or to any creature of Adam’s race, on that ground.
Christ Our Sacrifice and Priest
This brings us to the end of our meditations on this most interesting book of Leviticus, and surely we can say it is a record of the faithful grace of God to Israel through the sacrifices and priesthood. We have seen how the people were maintained before God according to the holiness of His own nature through these sacrifices which all pointed on in such a beautiful and perfect way to the work of Christ. He is now our Great High Priest, and by His one perfect sacrifice our sins have been forever put away. Now He is interceding for us above, supplying the grace to help in every time of need, to all who come to Him for it. There is never a time when we cannot come to Him and find this much needed help in all the difficulties of the way. Then, too, He is our Advocate when we have sinned as believers, and we should come at once and confess our sin to Him. We do not ask for forgiveness, for the debt was paid at Calvary, but the moment we confess, then “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:99If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)). Oh, what wonderful provision has been made for us, first as needy sinners, now as needy saints, all through Christ our true Sacrifice and Priest.
For Further Meditation
1. Where does all Israel’s blessing (and ours) rest?
2. Now that you’ve reached the end of your study of Leviticus, how many different types, figures or pictures of Christ can you identify in the book?
3. If you are ready to dedicate a substantial amount of time to the study of Leviticus, you could do so by studying the six-volume set of books by W. Kelly simply entitled Leviticus.