Jesus in the Atonement Money (Exodus 30:11-16)

Another act recorded in the origination of the tabernacle worship is the money that each Israelite was forced to pay in order to be kept from death.  Every Israelite was to pay half a shekel as part of the counting of the people.  This payment was to serve as a reminder that their lives had been bought.  Truly the parallel is easy to see.  

You are not your own; you were bought at a price. (1Corinthians 6:19b-20a)

And they sang a new song: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. (Revelation 5:9)

In paying the tax, if you will, each Israelite was given a very personal and visual sign that their atonement was costly.  There would be a price paid and exacted and as we know from the Psalms,

No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him — the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough — (Psalms 49:7-8)

And yet, Jesus did pay the cost with his blood to redeem men and atone for their lives.  Jesus is the Atonement money offered for your life and mine.


About Scott Roberts

pastor of Hope in Christ Church, Bellingham, WA
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