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The value of people

Leviticus 27:3-4 NIV “set the value of a male between the ages of twenty and sixty at fifty shekels of silver, according to the sanctuary shekel ; for a female, set her value at thirty shekels..”

This is the earthly physical value of humans as perceived in this world. Men are generally physically stronger as so in a work context might be regarded as more valuable. So the value of their dedication to the service of God is more in terms of money than the woman… The physical work of the woman is regarded as of less than the work of the men. This is the worldly view of the value of labour.
However there is more to us than physical force. We are built to worship God in Spirit and in truth, and can only do so in the power of His Spirit, which He gives to every human who comes in repentance and faith. This power is unlimited and unbounded. For a person to possess this power and belong to God, makes their worth beyond price. To buy His people back from the slavery of sin, it cost Jesus His own life and unspeakable suffering on a cruel cross.
There is no repayment for this debt. No money can buy the Christian back from their glorious position before and beside Christ. We are priceless. There is no difference in the kingdom of God between women and men. They are all utterly lost without His mercy and grace, and when redeemed, they are all rulers in the eternal kingdom. Any attempt to divide or construct hierarchical structures around that truth, is ungodly and shows we are still stuck in a worldly mindset.
God knows the value of women, and He knows how easily they give their devotion to Him. He looks for those who are fully dedicated to Him and will stick to and carry out their vows right to the end. God will honour those who honour Him.
If I make a rash vow, as Jepthah did concerning His daughter, with dreadful consequences, the price of dedication shown here in Leviticus, could have redeemed his daughter from the foolish promise he made. He did not accept the offer and so his daughter was lost. God knows we are frail dust, He knows we speak out of turn, and He provides for us so we can access mercy. Surely this characteristic about God is very wonderful. He gives freedom so liberally and understands our failures so well.
Women and men are God’s possession, and their value is beyond calculation to Him. Let us not judge as the world judges.
Acts 10:34+35 “Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right…”

Peter had prejudices which he kept from his knowledge of the Old Testament laws. In those early days of the New Testament church, many found it hard to break those old moulds and accept that God was doing a new thing. God had to teach the Apostles and the other Christian believers, that they had to lay aside those wrong attitudes and obey Him. Jesus has already laid the price for all His people, and our charter is to serve Him with a full heart, no matter who we are, what gifts we have, or what we possess. He will ask a report of each one of us regarding what we have done and how we have served.