The lamb or the donkey...
“Redeem the firstborn donkey with a lamb, but if you do not redeem it, break its neck.”
Exodus 34:20 Every firstborn creature was to be the Lord’s, but since the donkey was unclean, it could not be presented in sacrifice. What then? Should it be allowed to go free from the universal law? Certainly not. God allows no exceptions. The donkey is due to God, but He will not accept it—He will not nullify the claim, but He cannot be satisfied with the sacrifice. No way of escape remained but redemption: the donkey would have to be saved by the substitution of a lamb in its place. If it was not redeemed, it had to die. My soul, there is a lesson here for you. You are that unclean animal; you are deservedly the property of the Lord, who made you and keeps you, but you are so sinful that God will not, and cannot, accept you. So it comes down to this: the Lamb of God must stand in your place, or you must die forever. - C.H. Spurgeon Morning and Evening
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