Ransomed and Redeemed
by Judy Webb
Then the LORD said to Moses, “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." (Exodus 30:11-12a)
We are all equal in the sight of God
God has made one point perfectly clear in this text. I am not special. I am no more important, loved, forgiven, and cared for than my neighbor.
No advantages for the rich
If I am fortunate enough to have lots of money or a stable job and a comfortable life, there is no advantage here. God doesn’t love me more or require more from me than my neighbor. We are all created equal in the sight of God.
Everyone needs atonement
We are all sinful and prone to go our own way. God still loves us and offers forgiveness to each of us every time we fall. And we will fall short of His expectations repeatedly.
Everyone must pay their own ransom money
Everyone owes God for their life; we are each obligated to confess our evil ways and turn from sinful living to follow God’s Word. We must pay our own debt. I can’t confess my neighbor’s sins and expect God will forgive him. No, I am only responsible for my deeds, only my admission of guilt will clear my slate.
All souls are equally precious. The value of all lives are the same before God; If my friend or enemy. We all have sinned and need redemption.
Dear Jesus, help us to remember that we are sinful and unworthy, but because of your grace and mercy you have made us righteous. Thank you, Lord, for loving us unconditionally.