|Payment for A Crime|
by Christina Farris
| Exodus 22:1-4 KJV
1 If a man shall steal an ox, or a sheep, and kill it, or sell it; he shall restore five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep.
2 If a thief be found breaking up, and be smitten that he die, there shall no blood be shed for him.
3 If the sun be risen upon him, there shall be blood shed for him; for he should make full restitution; if he have nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft.
4 If the theft be certainly found in his hand alive, whether it be ox, or ass, or sheep; he shall restore double.
|Yesterday lesson was on Zacchaeus a tax collector and a thief. Zacchaeus willingness to pay back those he stole four fold or four times has much has he taken. The Mosaic law was four sheep for one sheep stolen . Zacchaeus had not stolen with weapons, but perhaps a little verbal force. Verse two in Exodus is talking about breaking up in regards by forceable entry. If a thief be killed when he enter by force upon planning to steal, no restitution or revenge should be done in behalf of his error. If a tief was unable to make restitution he be sold as a slave. Restitution for a crime was man's law. Zacchaeus was willing to pay back for his sin of thievery. Yet the cost and payment for his sin for eternity was paid for upon confession and belief in Jesus. Under the law one would pay or restore what was taken, plus give extra amount. No clue what the men that died beside Jesus did, or whether they had forced their way into a dwelling or even killed someone while thieving but they were dying for their crime. Zacchaeus could or perhaps been faced with legal action but his willingness to restore would of gone over good with the crowd of people that were around Jesus. Laws change even in the Bible. Some laws change because of time or because of another nation was in power. The thieves by law deserved their fate, yet Christ deserved not death. He was crucified among thieves. He was fullfilling scripture by being numbered among transgressors, or criminals.
One thief mocked Jesus the other did not but defended Jesus saying Jesus was innocent man and deserved not his death, but he himself and the other deserved to die. The truth Jesus paid the price for even the two thieves on the cross, but only one admitted Jesus' innocents. Two thieves were guilty by law that same law that crucified our Lord. Yet with confesstion of sin and belief one sinner that died with Christ rose to victory into paradise. By human law the thief paid a price by the law of God not Mosaic law and one thief that defended Jesus found forgiveness by confession and belief. The law of forgiveness by God supercedes man's law. God forgives upon confession. God forgives man for the crime he owes. Hard to grasp, a forgiveness for what he should of received by man's thinking. God through his Son takes on the punishment for our sin, for eternity. The price paid by one man named Jesus, and price owed by one man Adam and woman name Eve. Jesus died for both the man and the woman. The crime of disobedience to God had been committed. How have you disobeyed God. Are you paying human price, what about the eternal price of hell, You do not have to pay the price for eternity. You can allow Jesus to forgive of your sins, by believing in Jesus and confessing your sin. Think on it. We all are guilty of sin against God if nothing more then by unbelief or at times turning away from God when we should of trust and had faith to know God word was true. Sin is more then breaking man's law but breaking God's law as well. The law that cast us out of heaven, is now forgiven, the law of man must be repaid.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for forgiveness of sin through your Son upon confession and belief. Thank for the knowledge that your Son paid the price for my sins as well as the sins of the world. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion: Mark 15:27-28 KJV
27 And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left.
28 And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.
Luke 23:39-43 KJV
39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.