God’s law is not unfair. He is just, and this aspect of his character is evident throughout these chapters. His law makes provisions for those who are poor so that they, too, can become right with God.
In sin offerings, for example, the people are told they must present a female sheep or goat, which is
the sin offering with which the priest will purify you from your sin, making you right with the Lord.
But then he goes on to command that those who cannot afford a sheep or a goat may bring two turtledoves or two pigeons. Again, the very poor who can’t afford the birds are allowed to bring choice flour instead.
This demonstrates the principle Jesus spoke of when he taught that to whom much is given, much will be required.
This evening I am thankful. Thankful that I’ve had a relaxing day with my Valentine, and thankful that my passion for the Lord is being kindled even as I write these words. For so long I have walked in a desert place, going through the motions of being a Christian without passion. Whatever it is that the Lord is working inside of me — I thank Him for it, and I love Him for it!
I am so touched to see the Lord’s provision for his people even through the exacting commands of Mosaic Law — He did not set down the law to settle around their necks with heavy burdens. Nor does he burden we who follow his Son. Jesus tells us that his yoke is easy, and his burden is light, when we trust and follow him. If he created a way out of sin for his early followers, how much more will he do for us?
“But remember that the temptations that come into your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you will not give in to it.”
1 Corinthians 10:13
The next time temptation rises its head, look for the way out — the promise is in black and white.