Well now, this is funny.
When I started this project, Leviticus was the book I thought was going to give me the most trouble. Nobody EVER makes it through Leviticus! Leviticus is where “read through the Bible in a year” plans go to die.
But I made it. I made it all the way through!
And not only that, I found Leviticus to be very enjoyable. It was interesting. It was compelling. It was confusing. It was frustrating. It was challenging.
But it was never boring.
(Free tip: take your time with Leviticus. Give it a shot. It’s worth it. I promise)
Perhaps the strangest thing about studying Leviticus was how much great material I was able to write. Not once did I struggle very long to figure out how to present what I read in the chapter.
Leviticus 27 is baffling to me. I read it in several different translations and looked at a background commentary but I still couldn’t really make heads or tails of it. At least not in any way I found interesting.
I think the chapter basically boiled down to this: When you commit stuff to the LORD, be prepared to pay a hefty price to get it back . . . that is, if we let you have it back.
And that was pretty much it. I think. I could have totally missed something crucial. Let me know if you find it.
A Strange Ending
Is it just me or does this seem like a really odd way to end the book?
I think someone got their chapters all mixed up. Chapter 27 should have come after chapter 25. Then chapter 26 (the original one) should have been the ending.
Why do I think that?
Well, chapter 25 was about the Jubilee year and how to redeem certain things or people. Chapter 27 was about redeeming things and had a lot to say about the year of Jubilee.
Chapter 26 was about the consequences of obedience and disobedience. So, to me, that feels like it should come at the end.
Who put it together like that? I mean, seriously!
Though, if I am a good inductive Bible Studier, the better question to ask would be, “Why did they put it together like that?”
Next Time on, “The Whole Dang Thing.”
A couple things that I read in chapter 26 got me thinking. It got a couple of big ideas swirling around in my head.
These ideas have the potential to reframe everything I have read in the Bible so far. I’m going to do my best to share them with you tomorrow.
Until then . . . um, keep on truckin’!