DEVOTIONAL – NOV 12
NO BROKEN CHAIRS TO GOD
(DO NOT OFFER THAT COSTS YOU NOTHING)
by Leslie John
“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” (2 Samuel 24:25)
King David trusted in the LORD’s strength and depended on His help whereby he won great battles until Satan had him to yield to his temptation to enumerate his army. In spite of Joab’s admonition to the contrary, David went on taking census of his army and in consequence he angered the LORD.
David felt in his conscience that he sinned against the LORD and, therefore, he repented of his sin to the LORD. However, the LORD forgave him only after subjecting him to severe chastisement. His endeavors to rest in his own strength were too much for the LORD to forgive him without chastising.
“And David’s heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. And David said unto the LORD, I have sinned greatly in that I have done: and now, I beseech thee, O LORD, take away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly” (2 Samuel 24:10)
The LORD sent word through Prophet Gad that David had three options to pay for his sin.
•One: seven years famine in his kingdom, or
•two: he should flee for three months before his enemies while they pursue him, or
•three: there will be pestilence in his kingdom for three days (cf. 2 Samuel 24:13)
David chose the third option, perhaps never realizing that the chastisement from God would be too severe. God sent a pestilence (a deadly virulent epidemic disease) upon Israel for three days in his kingdom and the death toll from Dan (extreme north in his kingdom) even to Beersheba (extreme south in his kingdom) was seventy thousand men. David was thus humbled before the LORD. (cf. 2 Samuel 24:15)
The angel was about to go further and destroy Jerusalem but the LORD stopped the angel even as he was at the threshing place of Araunah Also known as “Ornan”, the Jebusite (Ref.1 Chr. 21:20).
David was grieved very much and repented before the LORD saying “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”. The LORD answered his prayer and sent Prophet Gad to David asking him to build an altar for the LORD in the threshing floor of Araunah.
In obedience to the LORD’s command conveyed through the angel, David wen to Araunah and desired the threshing floor be sold to him at a price. Seeing the king coming to his home Araunah offered not only the threshing floor free of cost, but also offered oxen for burnt sacrifice, threshing instruments and other instruments.
However, David said to him that he needed the threshing floor for offering the sacrifices to the LORD in order that the plague may be stopped from the people, and therefore, refused to accept the threshing floor free of cost.
David said to 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”. David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.
This reminds of how Abraham bought a piece of land to bury Sarah who died in Kirjathbara, when she was 120 years old.
“And Abraham hearkened unto Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he had named in the audience of the sons of Heth, four hundred shekels of silver, current money with the merchant” (Genesis 23:16).
Abraham requested the children of Heth to entreat for him to Ephron that he may give the cave of Machpelah as a cemetery for his wife Sarah. Although Ephron offered the land free of cost, Abraham insisted on paying price for the land. Ephron determined a price and Abraham paid the price. The Cemetery was later used for burying his descendants Isaac and his wife Rebecca, and Jacob and his first wife Leah (cf. Genesis 23:7-11; Genesis 43:29-33)
David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings on the altar that he built in the threshing floor that he bought from Araunah, and the LORD was entreated for the Land, and the plague stayed from Israel (cf. 2 Samuel 24:16-25)
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