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Communion Meditations (2019)

 

Costly

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 Araunah:

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. 

Examine yourself.  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.

 

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