KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Samuel 24:24 ” 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 threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.”
(Read 2nd Sam 24:24)
King David had caused Israel to be numbered. The Lord was wrought with the land of Israel. He gave David three options of punishments to choose from.
David was to choose from
1. Seven years of famine.
2. To be chased by enemies for three months
3. Three days of pestilence in the land.
King David decided that the Lord punish them with the pestilence. The Lord responded with a pestilence and about seventy thousand people died. Out of mercy the Lord asked the angel to stop yet God’s terms had not been fully met. The law says the soul that sins must die and without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sins. A sacrifice had to be made so God’s terms of justice would be satisfied. Throughout the bible it is always sacrifices that satisfies God’s laws of justice and makes Him visit men with favors.
The prophet asked David to make an offering or sacrifice unto the Lord. David was to use the threshing floor of one Araunah to raise the sacrificial altar. The man came to king David and said, king David should take the land for free and the oxen as well. Such a thing would not have been a sacrifice anyway. Many children of God have not come to this understanding. Most of us do not make sacrifices at all. What is a sacrifice? A sacrifice is to willingly offer something dear to you. Any sacrifice void of these two ingredients is no sacrifice, that is ,1. willing, 2. Dear to you. An offering given to God which lacks these two aspects is no sacrifice. The Lord is only moved by sacrifice not just giving something.
David refused the offer of Araunah and said “No” the king replied Araunah “I will buy them from you full price. I won’t offer to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing”. So, David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for 50 shekels of silver. The bible continued that, he built an altar to the Lord there and presented burnt offerings and peace offerings. The Lord answered David’s prayers for the land and the pestilence on Israel was averted (2nd Samuel 24:24,25). Sacrifice is one of the very simple means to attract God’s favor. Make it your aim to be giving sacrifices always not just giving something. It means nothing to the Lord just to pick anything which does not cost or mean anything to you to offer unto the Lord expecting a bountiful response from Him. God loves cheerful givers and reward bountiful givers, bountifully. Are you a cheerful giver or a grudging one? Do you give bountifully or sparingly?
O God, may the church of God understand the important of sacrifice and know that It is the only way for a supernatural multiplication.
2 Corinthians 9:6-8 ” But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work”: