“When you take a census of the sons of Israel to number them, then each one of them shall give a ransom for himself to the Lord, when you number them, so that there will be no plague among them when you number them.” (Exodus 30:12)
Last time, we looked at how the Altar of Incense symbolizes prayer and worship. Today we’ll begin to look at the criteria which must be met in order for a person to worship God in a way which glorifies Him. First and foremost, a person must be redeemed. Did you know that to worship God apart from being redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ brings the Lord no glory nor does it please Him? Those who would come to God in worship must do so in truth (John 4:23-24) and they must come to Him in faith (Hebrews 11:6). Additionally, we must come to God the Father in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6, Acts 4:12). In other words, only those who are trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ for Salvation and have been redeemed by His precious blood can truly worship God.
Exodus 30:11-16 tells us how every Israelite over a certain age was to be redeemed by paying “Atonement Money” to the priests. This payment speaks of the Atonement which Christ Himself paid in His own blood; offering up Himself for our redemption. Verse 15 says:
“The rich shall not pay more and the poor shall not pay less than the half shekel, when you give the contribution to the Lord to make atonement for yourselves.”
We all come to Christ on equal ground. No one’s sins are more difficult to atone for than any other’s nor does our own ability to pay or not pay factor into the equation. In the eyes of God, we all stand before Him bankrupt and unable to offer anything for our own Redemption.
The worship of the Lord is our greatest privilege as Christians. We, the redeemed in Christ, have been given one of the most beautiful blessings in that we are able to do that for which we were created. God made each and every person for the purpose of worshipping and glorifying Him. No other activity can bring any greater joy.
“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good,
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary” (Psalm 107:1-2)
On the other side of the coin, we, the redeemed in Christ, have the responsibility to worship and glorify our God. If we refuse to speak of God’s great love and goodness, who will?
To God goes all glory. In service to Him,
**Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) © The Lockman Foundation and are used by permission.
[If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ or you are not certain where you are headed when this life ends, I invite you to read the article “Am I Going To Heaven?”]