2 Sam. 24:24 - But the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will buy it from you for a price. I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God that cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. ESV
A prophet named Gad tells David to go to the threshing floor of Araunah and build an altar there. He goes to Araunah’s to buy the tract of ground, to build an altar, and offer the necessary sacrifices to bring an end to the plague.
This plague came because David would not listen to the counsel of Joab, a man who was very loyal to David for most of his life. When a person has been very loyal to you and they try to persuade you not to do something it might be wise to listen to them.Had David listened to Joab he would not have brought punishment on his people.
Araunah wanted to give King David the land, but David will have no part of it. This is when he makes this famous statement: “No, but I will buy it from you for a price. I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God that cost me nothing.”
He would not listen to his General Joab. King David counts the Israelites and for whatever reason, this is not permitted and now he has to be penalized for his arrogance. David sees God punishing the Israelites because of his sinfulness. He is told to go to Araunah and build an altar on the threshing floor of Araunah.
Araunah wants to give his king the land but King David will not take the ground for free.
But at least when he did repent he gave us the example of how to do it right. He offered to God that which came from his pocket and not the pocket of someone else. When you give to God give from your heart. Whether you are giving Him repentance or a financial offering.
Think About This:
Repentance is not when you cry. Repentance is when you change.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
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