Lev 14:21 “But if he is poor and cannot afford so much, then he will take one male lamb for a reparation offering to be waved, to provide reconciliation for him, and a tenth of an ephah of fine flour mixed with oil for a tribute offering, and a log of oil;
Lev 14:22 also two turtledoves or two pigeons, whichever he can afford. The one will be a mistake offering and the other an ascending offering.
Lev 14:23 And on the eighth day he will bring them for his cleansing to the priest, to the entrance of the conference tent, in Yahveh’s sight.
Lev 14:24 And the priest will take the lamb of the reparation offering and the log of oil, and the priest will wave them for a wave offering in Yahveh’s sight.
Lev 14:25 And he will kill the lamb of the reparation offering. And the priest will take some of the blood of the reparation offering and put it on the lobe of the right ear of him who is to be cleansed, and on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his right foot.
Lev 14:26 And the priest will pour some of the oil into the palm of his own left hand,
Lev 14:27 and will spritz with his right finger some of the oil that is in his left hand seven times in Yahveh’s sight.
Lev 14:28 And the priest will put some of the oil that is in his hand on the lobe of the right ear of him who is to be cleansed and on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his right foot, in the place where the blood of the reparation offering was put.
Lev 14:29 And the rest of the oil that is in the priest’s hand he will put on the head of him who is to be cleansed, to provide reconciliation for him in Yahveh’s sight.
Lev 14:30 And he will offer, of the turtledoves or pigeons, whichever he can afford,
Lev 14:31 one for a mistake offering and the other for an ascending offering along with a tribute offering. And the priest will provide reconciliation in Yahveh’s sight for him who is being cleansed.
Lev 14:32 This is the law for him in whom is a case of leprous disease, who cannot afford the offerings for his cleansing.”
in case of poverty
This alternative to the former prescribed set of rituals and sacrifices was designed to accomplish the same thing without the high cost. Just like the former rituals, these speak of God’s love for the victim, and Christ’s sacrifice which will provide cleansing and restoration for him and all other victims covered in his atonement.
But this case manifests the fact that God is not so much concerned about his religious ritual as what it signifies. Neither of the sacrifices was a true reflection of the value of Christ’s death on the cross. There is no sacrifice that can truly compare to that. The poor victim was allowed to pay a lesser price for his restoration to the community, but each sacrifice was merely a reflection on the ultimate price — a price no one could afford but God himself.
LORD, thank you for the cross.