Redemption has a practical everyday application in ordinary life as well as spiritually or religiously. How do we redeem our words, our promises and vows?
* Dear God Above, please teach us today and humble us, that we might live by faith.
“… Every devoted thing is most holy to the LORD.”
There is a link between this passage and that of 1st Samuel 1, where Hannah vows to the Lord that if He gives her a son she will devote him to the Lord all the days of his life.
Samuel was given very early to the Lord, and heard God from a young age.
Samuel users in a pivotal change for Israel – the kings!
Here in Leviticus we read the language of both redemption and being devoted for destruction.
Samuel ordained the kings, and one of their jobs is to mete out judgement, devoting to destruction.
Both Saul and David upheld this, at times. But then Saul refuses in 1st Samuel 15.
David is a better model of redemption and destruction, but still fails.
Jesus, our true and forever King, the perfect model and pattern – HE will bring destruction in a final ultimate treading of the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty (Revelation 19).
Here in this passage we read a clear foreshadowing of Jesus,
“No one devoted, who is to be devoted for destruction from mankind, shall be ransomed; he shall surely be put to death.”
Romans 5:10 tells us that before being reconciled we are God’s enemies.
Ezekiel 18:4 tells us that the soul who sins shall die.
So we are those devoted to destruction.
And yet, we read in Romans 6,
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Because He paid the penalty for our sin, Jesus was able to ransom and redeem us.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!
* Father God in Heaven,
You are so good to us, thank You Lord!
Please teach us more of You today.