Then the LORD said to Moses, “When you take a census of the Israelites to count them, each one must pay the LORD a ransom for his life … Each one who crosses over to those already counted is to give a half shekel, according to the sanctuary shekel … All who cross over, those twenty years old or more, are to give an offering to the LORD. The rich are not to give more than a half shekel and the poor are not to give less when you make the offering to the LORD to atone for your lives. Receive the atonement money from the Israelites and use it for the service of the tent of meeting. It will be a memorial for the Israelites before the LORD, making atonement for your lives.” (Ex 30:11-16)
The pillars of the Tabernacle have a silver base. Christ’s Body rests upon the foundation of salvation, so that all the high priest’s ministries go to those who paid their ransom in silver.
Men over twenty years old had to put this sum on the altar of the Lord to finance the construction of the Tabernacle. It was a universal sum, the rich could not give more and the poor could not pay less. Everyone possessed at least this amount of money, the symbol of ourselves, our person whom we have received from above free of charge and that it is necessary to put back on the altar in order to function properly.
This symbolic act is nothing but the prototype of repentance, when one makes the decision to return to the Eternal so that our life and our destiny are no longer in our hands, but in the Lord’s. We put ourselves on the Altar so that a new life begins in us.
zeev shlomo 2014