The Lamb or the Ass?

The Jackass or the Lamb?

 By Charles H. Spurgeon / Edited by Ron English

 Exodus 34:20:  But the firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb: and if thou redeem him not, then shalt thou break his neck.

Every firstborn creature must be the Lord’s, but since the ass was unclean, it could not be presented in sacrifice. What then?

 Should the ass be allowed to go free from the universal law? By no means. God permits no exceptions.

 The ass, because he is a first-born, is God’s due, but He will not accept it; He will not suspend the claim, but yet He cannot be pleased with the victim. No way of escape remained but redemption…the creature must be saved by the substitution of a lamb in its place; or if not redeemed, it must die.

 My soul, here is a lesson for thee. That unclean animal is thyself; thou art justly the property of the Lord who made thee and preserves thee, but thou art so sinful that God will not, cannot, accept thee; and it has come to this, the Lamb of God must stand in thy stead, or thou must die eternally.

 Let all the world know of thy gratitude to that spotless Lamb who has already bled for thee, and so redeemed thee from the fatal curse of the law. Must it not sometimes have been a question with the Israelite which should die, the ass or the lamb? Would not the good man pause to estimate and compare? Assuredly there was no comparison between the value of the soul of man and the life of the Lord Jesus, and yet the Lamb dies, and man, the ass, is spared.

 My soul, admire the boundless love of God to thee and others of the human race. Worms are bought with the blood of the Son of the Highest! Dust and ashes redeemed with a price far above silver and gold!

 What a doom had been mine had not plenteous redemption been found! The breaking of the neck of the ass was but a momentary penalty, but who shall measure the wrath to come to which no limit can be imagined? Inestimably dear is the glorious Lamb who has redeemed us from such a doom.

 Editors Note: If you have just read this brief word of devotion given by London’s Prince of Preachers, Charles H. Spurgeon, I hope you have let it seep deep into your mind and heart.  Have you seen your self in the word pictures he has painted on your heart?  Have you, dear one, trusted fully in The Christ, God’s spotless Lamb, and your sins washed away?  I pray you have, but if not, I urge you to turn to Him right now in soul-saving faith.  Believe on Him with your whole heart.  Do not turn away from Him in the hour of your greatest need.  He will save you.  “Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord (Jesus) shall be saved.  Do call now.


Author: Editor

An ordained Baptist minister. Worked for 10 years with a Christian publishing ministry where I was the circulation manager for a growing publication, The Sword of the Lord. I also did most of direct mail fundraising and promotion. I have pastored churches in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama & Arkansas. I served for some four years as Vice President of The Spoken Word of God ministry, Orlando, FL. This ministry was active in church planting in India and broadcasting the Scriptures via Trans World Radio and other radio outlets. My associate in this ministry later invited me to join him and his dad in starting a business working with churches providing multimedia equipment. I have done this work for the last 16 years. This blog, hopefully, will scratch an itch I have for communicating the Word of God to a broader audience via the Internet. I would be honored to hear from you via email.

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