The Wealth of the Righteous One
Leviticus 12:7-8 :
“‘This is the law for her who bears, whether a male or a female. If she cannot afford a lamb, then she shall take two turtledoves, or two young pigeons; the one for a burnt offering,
and the other for a sin offering: and the priest shall make atonement for her, and she shall be clean.’”
When a woman gave birth, she was required to bring a burnt offering. That's the kind that is burned up completely on the altar. It is a symbol of complete dedication
to God. I know that a child is very demanding on a mother, but the mother still belongs to God first. There is another very interesting thing about this passage.
When people say that God wants all Christians to be wealthy here on earth, we can know with certainty that this is not true. Not only do many good Christians learn this directly
in their own lives, but these verses tell us of one other person that was good and poor.
We read again, here, that God made provision for poorer Jews. If a woman gave birth and couldn't afford to buy a lamb for her purification, she was allowed to
purchase two turtledoves or pigeons and use those instead. When we put this together with what Luke records we learn something interesting:
Luke 2:21-24 :
When eight days were fulfilled for the circumcision of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
When the days of their purification according to the law of Moses were fulfilled, they brought him up to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord
(as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”),
and to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, “A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.”
Mary and Joseph didn't bring a lamb for the Son of God. The Bible tells us here that they couldn't afford it. The wealth of Jesus' family was that Jesus was
in it. That is still true for us today. The wealth we have as Christians is Jesus Himself. If we have Him we have everything.
Colossians 2:9-10 :
For in him all the fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily, and in him you are made full, who is the head of all principality and power;