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Posted on October 10, 2008 17:16 by smiley
Filed under: Commentary, Exodus

11Then the Lord said to Moses, 12"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. Then no plaque will come on them when you number them. 13Each one who crosses over to those already counted is to give a half shekel, according to the sanctuary shekel, which weighs twenty gerahs. This half shekel is an offering to the Lord 14All who cross over, those twenty years old or more, are to give an offering to the Lord. 15The 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. 16Receive the atonement money from the Israelites and use it for the service of the Tent of Meeting. It will be a memorial for the Israelites before the Lord, making atonement for your lives."

Exodus 30:11-16

What a beautiful piece of scripture to remind us that the ground is truly level at the foot of the cross.  As God sets the stage for the atonement through Jesus Christ and for each individual who "crosses over" from death into life, God tells us explicitly in his word that the price is the same for the rich and the poor alike.  Christ's life is the propitiation for all people.

We can also be reminded to not compare ourselves with others as we serve the Lord - the Joneses are also very active in ministry.  We should never say, "God I wish I could serve you like him."  God has neither called nor created us to serve like another.  The Kingdom is a body of many parts.  Diverse parts, but equal sacrifice.

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