“When you take a census of the Israelites to count them,
each one must pay the LORD a ransom for his life at the time he is counted”
The annual ransom that the Israelites, who were twenty years and older, had to pay was half a shekel – and the Lord was very specific about it.
“The rich are not to give more than a half shekel and the poor are not to give less when you make the offering to the LORD to atone for your lives” (Exodus 30:15)
The Lord did not place a higher value upon the rich than on the poor – nor were the rich able to pay more for a ‘better atonement’ or more privileged position. The poor did not lose out in any way – nor were they seen to be inferior. There was one standard for each and every one of them. One atonement before one and the same God.
The same is true of our atonement in and through Jesus Christ – except that Jesus Christ atoned for our sins once and that for all time. There is one sacrifice for each one of us. The rich did not have a better atonement made for them, nor did the poor have a poorer quality made on their behalf. For each and every one of us it is the one Lamb without defect who paid the penalty for all our sins and takes away the sins of the world. There is not one salvation for the rich and famous and another for the poor and unknown.
There is only one new relationship with the Lord God Almighty. In and through Jesus Christ we all become the children of God – and there is only one elder brother, the Lord Jesus himself.
I am not a nothing – I am a child of God.
Father thank You so much for making me Your child. Please help me to receive and accept this wonderful truth and privilege. And as I deal with others of Your children please help me to give them the love and respect that they, and You , deserve. Amen.