November 2 – Exodus 30:11-16

November 2 – Exodus 30:11-16

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Exodus 30:11-16

11 The Lord said to Moses, 12 “When you take the census of the people of Israel, then each shall give a ransom for his life to the Lord when you number them, that there be no plague among them when you number them. 13 Each one who is numbered in the census shall give this: half a shekel according to the shekel of the sanctuary (the shekel is twenty gerahs), half a shekel as an offering to the Lord14 Everyone who is numbered in the census, from twenty years old and upward, shall give the Lord's offering. 15 The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less, than the half shekel, when you give the Lord's offering to make atonement for your lives. 16 You shall take the atonement money from the people of Israel and shall give it for the service of the tent of meeting, that it may bring the people of Israel to remembrance before the Lord, so as to make atonement for your lives.”

God instructs Moses and Aaron to conduct a census and take half a shekel equaling about $3.00 today as a tax.  This tax is not as much about population as it is a reminder that God has saved their lives.

Troubles abound in our lives and we can find ourselves with doubts of God’s will or goodness. How can you fix your eyes on Christ to see His goodness regardless of life circumstances?

Heavenly Father, help me to remember Your sacrifice daily as I go about my day.  That is what You wanted for the children of Israel and what You want for us today.  To remember all You have done.  You took care of them and got them out of Egypt.  You had saved the prior to that with Joseph’s many years in prison as an innocent man.  You allowed him to save his people from the famine.  All You do is for us, yet we don’t give You our praise, thanks and time just spent with You as our Father.  Help me to remember to sit with You each day and thank You for all You do.  How You give me each breath, the loved ones around me, my health and ability to work, You give me Yourself.  How often do I thank You for all You do and for how You walk with me each and every day, and for carrying the load when it seems too much to bear.  Father, I thank You.  I want to be thankful every day.  Help me to remember and to stop and praise You for who You are, not just what You have done.  Thank You for Your willingness to love me and listen to me when I’m sure You wish I would stop and listen to You for a change.  Help me to stop and listen for Your voice each and every day!

In Jesus’ name.



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