Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 24.18-25
2 Samuel 24.18-25
So Gad came to David that day and said to him, “Go up, erect an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.” 19 David went up according to the word of Gad, just as the Lord had commanded. 20 Araunah looked down and saw the king and his servants crossing over toward him; and Araunah went out and bowed his face to the ground before the king. 21 Then Araunah said, “Why has my lord the king come to his servant?” And David said, “To buy the threshing floor from you, in order to build an altar to the Lord, that the plague may be held back from the people.” 22 Araunah said to David, “Let my lord the king take and offer up what is good in his sight. Look, the oxen for the burnt offering, the threshing sledges and the yokes of the oxen for the wood. 23 Everything, O king, Araunah gives to the king.” And Araunah said to the king, “May the Lord your God accept you.” 24 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. 25 David built there an altar to the Lord and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. Thus the Lord was moved by prayer for the land, and the plague was held back from Israel.
David’s pride has got the best of him. The census he took was to determine his military strength as he was placing confidence in the number of his soldiers it seems rather than in the Lord. The punishment falls on his people. Sin is really a selfish act. It’s all about bringing ourselves pleasure caring little about the toll it will take on someone else (Swindoll). David confesses and asks God to instead put the weight of the punishment on him.
David needs to recommit himself to the Lord as we see in today’s text and he does through repentance which is seen in the burnt offerings and peace offerings. The prophet Gad had given him instructions on what to do in response to the Lord and David obeys. David’s desire and insistence on purchasing the threshing floor is because he believes that a sacrifice that costs nothing is no sacrifice. This was the site where God had shown mercy (24.16).
Sin is costly. If it were not for God’s mercy who knows how greater the toll of David’s sin would have been. Just as we have seen here God has been merciful in sending His Son Jesus to come, die and pay the price for our sin, so we can be forgiven and have eternal life. If we repent and believe we will be saved from God’s justice and wrath.
As we close the reading of 2 Samuel I am most grateful for the mercy of God. God has shown mercy over and over toward David and the Israelites. He is merciful to us as well. My prayer for you is that if you have never responded to the love of God in sending Jesus for you in order for you to be forgiven of your sins that you would turn and trust in Jesus today.
Weekly Memory Verse: For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; 1 Thessalonians 4:3