Topic: Sacrifice Overturns Wrath [Friday 19, May 2017]
Memorise: And the king
said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price:
neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which
doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen
for fifty shekels of silver. – 2 Samuel 24:24
Read: 2 Samuel 24:16-25 (KJV)
16 And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy
it, the LORD repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that
destroyed the people, It is enough: stay now thine hand. And the angel
of the LORD was by the threshingplace of Araunah the Jebusite.
17 And David spake unto the LORD when he saw the angel that smote the
people, and said, Lo, I have sinned, and I have done wickedly: but these
sheep, what have they done? let thine hand, I pray thee, be against me,
and against my father’s house.
18 And Gad came that day to David, and said unto him, Go up, rear an
altar unto the LORD in the threshingfloor of Araunah the Jebusite.
19 And David, according to the saying of Gad, went up as the LORD commanded.
20 And Araunah looked, and saw the king and his servants coming on
toward him: and Araunah went out, and bowed himself before the king on
his face upon the ground.
21 And Araunah said, Wherefore is my lord the king come to his servant?
And David said, To buy the threshingfloor of thee, to build an altar
unto the LORD, that the plague may be stayed from the people.
22 And Araunah said unto David, Let my lord the king take and offer up
what seemeth good unto him: behold, here be oxen for burnt sacrifice,
and threshing instruments and other instruments of the oxen for wood.
23 All these things did Araunah, as a king, give unto the king. And Araunah said unto the king, The LORD thy God accept thee.
24 And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee
at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God
of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor
and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.
25 And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt
offerings and peace offerings. So the LORD was intreated for the land,
and the plague was stayed from Israel.
Bible in One Year: Deuteronomy 31-32, Jeremiah 32:26-35, Hymn: Sing hymn 7
Sacrificial sowing can deliver an unending harvest to you, make your
harvest irreversible, make you the talk of the town and even turn away
God’s anger from you. In 2 Samuel 24:1-25,
we read about how God was provoked to anger by King David, thereby
bringing God’s judgment on the people. So many people died in the
ensuing plague. After the first wave of destruction, the angel was about
to effect the second phase when God stopped him, while he was on
Araunah’s farmland. David’s seer, Prophet Gad, came and instructed him
to raise an altar to the Lord on Araunah’s farmland, where the angel was
last seen. On arrival, Araunah went to welcome King David and he
offered him all he needed to make the sacrifice, but David politely
declined it. Why? It is simply because he knew the importance of
sacrifice and the power of sacrificial seeds.
“And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of
thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my
God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the
threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.” – 2 Samuel 24:24
When David pleaded with God to temper His justice with mercy and judge
him instead of his innocent people, God said, “Alright, I will do
something about that. I will overlook your errors, I will forgive you
and stop my judgment, but you have to first bring me a sacrifice.” David
agreed to give that sacrifice and he turned down Araunah’s offer to
make the offering an easy one. He said, “This sacrifice must cost me
something. It is a sacrifice in sorrow so that I can go home rejoicing.”
Some of us have found ourselves in a similar situation as David, where
it was required of us to make painful and costly sacrifices in order to
achieve our heart desires. However, instead of going headlong into it,
we rather sought and received help from the Araunahs of this world to
make the task an easy one. Never accept an affordable or convenient
alternative in the place of the sacrifice you need to make in order to
enter into your desired breakthrough. If you can make the required
sacrifice, you will receive the joy you so desire. If you can make the
sacrifice, you can overturn God’s wrath from yourself or your family. If
you can stand in the place of prayer long enough and pay the price the
situation you are facing requires, you will return with joy. Are you
ready to do this?
Action Point: There is no alternative to a sacrifice that should be made. Just ask God for grace to do it.
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