A call came into the dispatcher at the Sheriff's office. The man on the line identified himself as a pastor. He said, "There is a dead donkey in my yard. Can someone come and remove it?"

The dispatcher thought he would have a little fun with the pastor. He said, "I thought you pastors were supposed to take care of the dead."

The pastor, a quick-thinking soul, answered, "Yes. We are. But we usually notify the RELATIVES first!"


Ex 34:19-20
19 All that openeth the matrix is mine; and every firstling among thy cattle, whether ox or sheep, that is male.
20 But the firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb: and if thou redeem him not, then shalt thou break his neck. All the firstborn of thy sons thou shalt redeem. And none shall appear before me empty.


Everything belongs to God. All things are redeemed by "the blood of the Lamb."

"Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us." (Heb 9:12)

The earth and the heavens are not especially precious in God's sight. One day, He will create a NEW heaven and earth. But all that is in earth, the life of man particularly, is especially precious to God. Therefore, all things must be REDEEMED by Him and for His glory.

The "law" which God gave to Moses for the people reflects this fact of redemption. Even the "ass" had to be redeemed by a "lamb" offered in sacrifice. It was unclean, but it belonged to God - for all things belong to God. It was unfit for sacrifice in itself, and a substitute had to be offered for it to be made usable.

God OWNED it, but He would not CLAIM it unless it were made clean by a substitute offering.

Have you ever considered how much we are like the "ass?" We are unclean, but we are creatures of God, given life by His breath. We are unfit for sacrifice in ourselves, and a Substitute had to be offered for our cleansing. Jesus is that Substitute!

There is no comparison of the "unclean" and "unfit" human soul and the "life" of Christ our Lord! Yet, the "Lamb" died to make us whole and acceptable!

To "break his neck" (Hebrew 'araph) meant to destroy the animal. If he were not REDEEMED, he must be DESTROYED!

Is it not the same with human beings? There are only two choices in our lives: One, to be redeemed "by the blood of the Lamb;" Two, to be DESTROYED!

Praise God today that redemption has been made and forgiveness offered!
Trust Him, and serve Him for you have been REDEEMED by the sacrifice of your Substitute - our Lord, Jesus Christ!

Love ya,