God and poor

This is a series of reflections that I sent to my fiancee from my own Bible readings. I have posted them in this blog so that it is easier to keep track for future reflections. 
“If, however, they are poor and cannot afford these, they must take one male lamb as a guilt offering to be waved to make atonement for them, together with a tenth of an ephah of the finest flour mixed with olive oil for a grain offering, a log of oil... Le 14:21

We are still at the regulations that God instituted for Israel at Mount Sinai. My thoughts today dwell on something that I have noticed for a long time in the regulations and especially in the regulations pertaining to offerings.

The thing is this - that God never makes it impossible for people to get their relationship right with Him. If the offerings are significant because they are the tools whereby the Israelites could make right their relationship with God despite their uncleanliness, then the different tiers of offerings within one category for those who can afford and those who cannot afford further represents God's compassion and grace for His people. Atonement is not simply for the rich and those who can afford. Even for those who can't, a way was made for them to participate in the rituals.

This is important because extrapolating to our own contexts, this means that God is not an exclusive God. He is inclusive in the sense that nobody should stop anyone from gaining access to Him. It is true that the only access now is through Christ, but who are we or anyone to stop anybody from accessing God through Christ?

This is the big heartedness of the God we worship.


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