As I have written in previous post the churches of the Western Hemisphere follow the interpretations of God from a Western Philosophy which has Greek influence intertwined within the altars of man. We are a consumer oriented societies that the church’s exploit’s your money to build mega temples unto themselves and call it your gifts that God who created you to give back to God who printed the currency. The big scriptures that comes to mind is the Widow’s mite they use that to get your money and make you feel bad it you do not give. According to the Greek translations she gave two gifts.
Notwithstanding the Hebrew language uses concrete words to give an abstract word life to give it a valuation so the reader has a sense of boundaries not to cross. This is in the areas of the difference between good and bad. If that makes sense to you. Abstract thought is the expression of concepts and ideas in ways that cannot be seen, touched, smelled, tasted or heard. Hebrew never uses abstract thought as English does.
We have to look in Gen. to understand better what Lev. 27: 1 – 9 is talking about which concerns making a vow unto the Lord. The first verse is a Greek translation in the KJV.
Gen 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Literal Translation of Gen. 2: 9 from the Hebrew Language
And YHWH the Elohiym caused to spring up from the ground every tree being a craving for appearance and good for food, and the tree of life was in the middle of the garden and the tree of experience of good and bad.
There is an ocean of difference for starters between the knowledge of good and evil and the experience of good and bad which is what Lev. 27: 1 – 9 is talking about;
Food for thought there is also a difference between the Lord growing a tree and a tree that spring up from the ground which is a reference to mankind, who He created from the dust of the earth and gave us life.
Keep this in mind the Hebrew language does not have future tense or past tense this scripture is in the present tense.
1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Speaking to man, us.
2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When a man shall make a singular vow, the persons shall be for the LORD by thy estimation.
A single vow to give your life to the belief in one God the difference between good and bad behavior. To follow the commands and statues of the Lord to increase your prosperity by gaining knowledge and wisdom not in material wealth.
3 And thy estimation shall be of the male from twenty years old even unto sixty years old, even thy estimation shall be fifty shekels of silver, after the shekel of the sanctuary.
A man’s life is not worth much without the hand of the Lord. His house, sanctuary, is only worth as much as his vow.
4 And if it be a female, then thy estimation shall be thirty shekels.
Man sold Christ into death for 30 pieces of silver, the Woman is the helpmeet of the Lord. The man carries more value to insure he keeps his vow unto the Lord.
5 And if it be from five years old even unto twenty years old, then thy estimation shall be of the male twenty shekels, and for the female ten shekels.
You have the increasing experience of good and bad fostered by the church passed along by your parents and other outside influences like school.
6 And if it be from a month old even unto five years old, then thy estimation shall be of the male five shekels of silver, and for the female thy estimation shall be three shekels of silver.
A month old to 5 years old we are being taught what is good and bad primarily by our parents.
7 And if it be from sixty years old and above; if it be a male, then thy estimation shall be fifteen shekels, and for the female ten shekels.
By now you should have your ideas of good and bad set in stone not in material wealth. How much of the gifts the Lord has given you, knowledge and wisdom, you give back to the children.
8 But if he be poorer than thy estimation, then he shall present himself before the priest, and the priest shall value him; according to his ability that vowed shall the priest value him.
The priest that values a man’s worth is the Lord who you, men, made a singular vow to.
9 And if it be a beast, whereof men bring an offering unto the LORD, all that any man giveth of such unto the LORD shall be holy.
A beast is a unbeliever that you turn his heart to the belief of one God. In the Hebrew culture your heart is considered your mind. This is your conscience that guides you between good and bad, where the Holy Spirit dwells.
So the use of the shekel is to give a measure of weight to a thought and its value is judged by the commands and statues of the Old Testament that was spoken to men by the voice of the Lord.
As it states in Rev. 22 : 12 -13;
12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
The weight of a man’s word, is on his shoulders, the cross he carries to Golgotha and his spiritual value only increases by the gaining of knowledge and wisdom for which he prospers in the eyes of the Lord.
If you believe that God gives you material wealth by your tithes then you are sadly mistaken and you do not know the Lord. Your giving your money to the beast to the gods of the Roman Empire.
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