2 Samuel 24:10-25
Originally scheduled for November 10
Towards the end of his life, King David finds
himself in quite a stew — of his own making. You can read the
details in Second Samuel 24, but David needs to do something to
avert the punishment of the Lord. He has repented of his sin, but he
has not yet paid for it. God gives him three choices; David picks
the plague on the people of Israel. As the plague develops, David
begins to take personal responsibility for his actions.
The drama peaks at one particular site: the
threshing floor of Araunah. The site happens to be one of the most
sacred in Old Testament theology. It is apparently the spot on which
Abraham attempted to sacrifice Isaac. It ultimately will become the
site of Solomon’s Temple. It doesn’t look like much at the moment; a
flat smooth stone surface used for separating wheat from chaff. It’s
a good place to construct things on, such as the altar David wishes
to build for sacrifices to stop the plague.
Apparently Araunah knows his way around the
political world. He immediately offers to David the oxen (as burnt
offering), the wooden sledges for the fire and the grain that is
present for a grain offering. David rejects this; as he tells
However, the king said to Araunah, "No, but I will surely buy it
from you for a price, for I will not offer burnt offerings to the
LORD my God which cost me nothing." So David bought the threshing
floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.
(2 Samuel 24:24 NASB)
We come this morning to the moment in our
services where we are to examine ourselves.
I would ask you this morning to examine yourself in terms of
the sacrifices you make for the Lord.
Some of us are giving God the sleeves off of our vest. So
please, consider as an example before you the sacrifice that God
made for you. It was
not something which cost him nothing; it cost him the life of his
own dear Son. That
sacrifice was given in extreme pain.
That is what he has done for you, let it be an example.
Look and see how your sacrifices of time, money, forgiveness
and restoration are given. Do you give grudgingly or only when
pressured? Or do you give freely and at your cost?
Consider well how your example compares to His. Then partake
of his body and blood, the memorial to his sacrifice for you.