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2013-07-11

Iím still a little fuzzy on what results occur when something is dedicated to the Lord. Dedicated animals are gutted and burned, but thatís not what you do for dedicated firstborn sons (we hope). And since the priesthood isnít about skill, but rather a product of being born in the correct tribe, dedicating your son wonít make them holy enough to be in the priesthood. So what does the dedication mean? Is a dedicated person a slave of the priests? And now what do we do with a house thatís been dedicated to the Lord? Do they cut it open with saws and burn various pieces, while the priests get to keep the furniture? Is it given to the priests in its entirety so they may live in it?

After searching online, I wasnít able to find anything written by early Jews that actually explained what house dedication mean (although, to be honest, I didnít look very hard because Iím pretty sure the answer will be atrocious). I did find some Christians who offer their explanation on the ancient Jewish practice, and according to their second-hand explanation, when a person dedicates their house to the Lord, the priests come in, set a price on the house, sell it for that price, and all the money from the sale goes to the Tabernacle (read: priestís pocket). So, ďdedicating a house to the Lord,Ē really means, ďgiving a priest your house.Ē

Because giving them 10% of your income and paying them to eat your best meat and produce just isnít enough dedication to God!

 

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wyn writes:

 

Maybe I missed something, but are people forced to dedicate things? Because to me it sounded voluntairy up until this point, but now it looks like they have to do it, and if they do it, they have to pay... and if they want their stuff back they have to... pay again? o.O

sam writes:

 

could house mean family as in dedicating your family to god?

sam writes:

 

or household*

TheAlmightyGuru writes:

 

@wyn: I think it's voluntary, as, unlike tithes for first borns, there is not mandate for it that I've seen.

@sam: I didn't think about that, but that's certainly a possibility. The words are used synonymously throughout the bible.

 

Oh the irony!