Read: Exodus 30-32
Marked: Exodus 30:11-12, Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: “When you take the census of the children of Israel for their number, then every man shall give a ransom for himself to the LORD, when you number them, that there may be no plague among them when [you] number them.”
The men, aged 20 and above, were to give a half-shekel as a ransom for themselves. The rich (V15), would not give more and the poor would not give less.
This is a picture of the cost of redemption. The price of the ransom wasn’t one for the rich and another for the poor. In the sight of God we are all equal and equally in need of redemption. And the ransom was required of each man. It could not be paid by anyone else.
Jesus became a ransom for us so that we could be redeemed (Mark 10:45; 1 Timothy 2:5-6). One ransom paid for the many. We have all sinned (Romans 3:23) and are equally guilty before God. But by the one ransom we are also equally redeemed from the penalty of sin and death (Romans 6:23).
Jesus is the great equalizer who gave His life a ransom for many.