Scripture: from verse 29
No person who has been sentenced to die, and thus unconditionally consecrated, can be redeemed; he must be put to death.
Observation: Something that was unconditionally consecrated was holy to Adonai; it could not be redeemed or sold or otherwise un-consecrated. This included people sentenced to death for crimes against God or the community.
When we were discussing God’s commanded wholesale slaughter of various people groups in the Old Testament, my mom once pointed out that God wasn’t necessarily condemning them all. He was simply making it so He could deal with those people individually. By preserving His plan for His people, He made it possible to offer grace to those people through Yeshua, the culmination of that plan.
What we see is not all there is. Executing criminals also meant putting them in God’s hands, where they could be dealt with with perfect justice and perfect love.
Obviously today we don’t go around stoning people. But we can acknowledge that God is dealing with people and we can’t always see it. Sometimes we are called to leave others to Him. We want to teach and correct and remind and push, but that may not be what we’re called to do. Other people are also holy to God, and we should let Him deal with their faults in His time and in His way.
And the truth is that we too are condemned to die. We were dead in our sin (Eph 2) and had no hope. We are unconditionally consecrated to God. And we cannot be sold or transferred, because we are especially holy to Him. He has plans for us.
Application: Trust God to be teaching others. Let Him teach you.
Prayer: Yeshua, thank you for making it possible for me to have grace. Thank you for making me holy. Help me to trust your plans. Amen.