Numbers 3 - Day 162 (link to reading plan)
Scripture: Numbers 3:40-51
Commentary: In compensation for His having spared the firstborn … males of Israel at the time of the Exodus, the Lord declared that all the firstborn of men and animals should belong to Him (see comments on vv. 11–13). This would not involve their deaths, but their lifetime service. A further development of this principle was the arrangement whereby the tribe of Levi would be given in service to the Lord as a substitution for all the firstborn of the other tribes.
The number of Levites to offer this vicarious service was 22,000 (v. 39) whereas the firstborn males in all Israel amounted to 22,273 (v. 43). This meant that there were insufficient Levites. Therefore, the 273 firstborn Israelites without Levitic redemption had to be redeemed in another way. The solution was to exact five shekels for each of the 273
Merrill, E. H. (1985). Numbers. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 1, p. 220). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.
Application: Everyone needs to be accounted for and those without "Levitic" representation were redeemed with a monetary value. All of this goes to show us that every person is valuable and worth their weight in "silver."
Prayer: Lord, thank You for redeeming me.