Equal in God’s Eyes

Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.

Exodus 30:11-12 (NIV)
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. Then no plague will come on them when you number them.

Exodus 30:11-12 (MSG)
God spoke to Moses: “When you take a head count of the Israelites to keep track of them, all must pay an atonement-tax to God for their life at the time of being registered so that nothing bad will happen because of the registration.
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“Then the Lord said to Moses, “When you take the census of the Israelites, each one shall give a ransom for himself to the Lord when you count them, so that no plague will come on them when you number them.” -Amplified

The next section of Exodus 30 deals with the Atonement tax or Ransom money; which was money given to God as a payment for taking a census. The money collected was to be used in the care of the tabernacle.

This is the first time that we find a counting or census mentioned in Scripture and we actually find that God was very explicit about what was needed. God says, “When you take a census of the population of Israel, each person should pay a ransom to Me so that no disease will spread among them when you count them.” -(VOICE) We can actually find in Scripture times that the people brought God’s wrath on themselves by taking a census without His consent or in the wrong way.

God gave instructions on what He expected for ransom and from whom. “Each 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. All who cross over, those twenty years old or more, are to give an offering to the Lord.” -Exodus 30:13-14 (NIV)

Verse 15 tells us something very important and it is something that we really need to understand. “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.” (NIV) It is important that we realize, God is no respecter of persons. God does not show partiality or favoritism to anyone.

The book of Acts actually makes this point, “Peter fairly exploded with his good news: It’s God’s own truth, nothing could be plainer: God plays no favorites! It makes no difference who you are or where you’re from—if you want God and are ready to do as he says, the door is open. The Message he sent to the children of Israel—that through Jesus Christ everything is being put together again—well, he’s doing it everywhere, among everyone.” -Acts 10:34-36 (MSG)

Paul reminded the Galatians, “Exodus 30:11-12 (NIV)
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. Then no plague will come on them when you number them.

Exodus 30:11-12 (MSG)
God spoke to Moses: “When you take a head count of the Israelites to keep track of them, all must pay an atonement-tax to God for their life at the time of being registered so that nothing bad will happen because of the registration.
******************************************
“Then the Lord said to Moses, “When you take the census of the Israelites, each one shall give a ransom for himself to the Lord when you count them, so that no plague will come on them when you number them.” -Amplified

The next section of Exodus 30 deals with the Atonement tax or Ransom money; which was money given to God as a payment for taking a census. The money collected was to be used in the care of the tabernacle.

This is the first time that we find a counting or census mentioned in Scripture and we actually find that God was very explicit about what was needed. God says, “When you take a census of the population of Israel, each person should pay a ransom to Me so that no disease will spread among them when you count them.” -(VOICE) We can actually find in Scripture times that the people brought God’s wrath on themselves by taking a census without His consent or in the wrong way.

God gave instructions on what He expected for ransom and from whom. “Each 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. All who cross over, those twenty years old or more, are to give an offering to the Lord.” -Exodus 30:13-14 (NIV)

Verse 15 tells us something very important and it is something that we really need to understand. “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.” (NIV) It is important that we realize, God is no respecter of persons. God does not show partiality or favoritism to anyone.

The book of Acts actually makes this point, “Peter fairly exploded with his good news: It’s God’s own truth, nothing could be plainer: God plays no favorites! It makes no difference who you are or where you’re from—if you want God and are ready to do as he says, the door is open. The Message he sent to the children of Israel—that through Jesus Christ everything is being put together again—well, he’s doing it everywhere, among everyone.” -Acts 10:34-36 (MSG)

Paul reminded the Galatians, “There is [now no distinction in regard to salvation] neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you [who believe] are all one in Christ Jesus [no one can claim a spiritual superiority]. 29 And if you belong to Christ [if you are in Him], then you are Abraham’s descendants, and [spiritual] heirs according to [God’s] promise.” -Galatians 3:28-29 (AMP)

God loves each and every one of us exactly the same. In Exodus we see evidence of the fact that He does not show favoritism. We also see God stressing the bonds that were needed to show that we are, “in this together”. We are part of something larger than ourselves; God’s bigger picture. Let us be sure that we remember who we are in Christ and also that we are working together as the Family of God.

My Prayer:
Lord God, I am so thankful that you love me. I am so glad that I can be part of your great, big family. I am also happy that you show no partiality among your children. Your love is the same for each of us and all of us and that love is totally amazing! It forgives, provides, protects and understands so many things that I cannot even count. I am blessed and I know this! Lord, thank you for that overwhelming love!

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