Shekalim: How Much Ransom Have We Paid?
I wonder if Job was correct. Although I am certain that he experienced his anger and suffering as greater than all the sand of the seas. I wonder what would have happened if God had responded, “Okay, Job; let’s do it and see what happens.”
I suspect that Job’s raging anger and horrible, devastating suffering, would not weigh half as much as the sands of the sea.
We often experience our anger and suffering as being far more than what they truly are. They are the Half Shekel compared to the full Shekel we believe them to be.
When we come to hand over a coin that represents the “Ransom of our Soul,” we often wonder whether or not we have already paid that ransom with all our suffering. Perhaps, the Half Shekel was a reminder that there is always another perspective, and it may very well be that we are only part of the way there in paying the, “Ransom of our Soul.”
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