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The redemption of souls is costly

Psalm 49
February 21
The movie Risen has just been released and although I haven’t seen it, I obviously like the premise. A man who claimed He would rise from the dead apparently did so, and a Roman guard is tasked with the impossible job of finding the dead man’s body. It is impossible because the body ascended to heaven.
Today’s reading is for everyone, verse 1 says, “all peoples…all inhabitants of the earth… lowly and high, poor and rich.” The passage mostly talks about the wealthy who trust their wealth. Understand, being rich is not a sin, and being poor does not make you virtuous. But beyond that, neither poverty, nor wealth, nor wisdom, nor ignorance can save you from death.
7 No one can by any means redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him—
8 For the redemption of their souls is costly, and it shall cease forever—
9 That he should continue to live eternally, and not see the Pit.

Redemption of souls is more expensive than any person could ever pay. The writer goes on to …