2 Samuel 24:18-25…18 Gad came to David that day and said to him, “Go up and set up an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.” 19 David went up in obedience to Gad’s command, just as the Lord had commanded. 21 Araunah said, “Why has my lord the king come to his servant?” David replied, “To buy the threshing floor from you in order to build an altar to the Lord, so the plague on the people may be halted.” 25 He built an altar to the Lord there and offered burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. Then the Lord was receptive to prayer for the land, and the plague on Israel ended.
The prophet Gad said, David was to build an altar on the threshing floor and there offer sacrifices to the Lord, and the plague would cease. As king, David could have appropriated the property or even borrowed it, but he insisted on purchasing it. When the priest offered the sacrifices, God sent fire from heaven to consume them as a signal of His acceptance. A
The land that David purchased was the place where Abraham had put his son Isaac on the altar B and where Solomon would build the temple C. This area today is the subject of a worldwide debate while most of it is being controlled by Muslims.
God used David’s two great sins for His glory! Bathsheba gave birth to Solomon and God chose him to succeed David on the throne. On the property David purchased and on which he erected an altar to stop the plague, Solomon built the temple and dedicated it to the glory of God. What God did for David is certainly not an excuse for sin D, for David paid dearly for committing those sins. However, knowing what God did for David encourages us to seek His presence and trust His grace when we have disobeyed Him. “But where sin increased, grace abounded all the more” E. What a merciful God we serve!
Are you willing to trust God’s grace when you have disobeyed Him? What kind of sacrifices should we give to God in gratitude for what He did at the cross? [See Hebrews 13:15-17, Romans 12:1]
Notes: A- 1 Chronicles 21:26; B- Genesis 22:1-19; C- 1 Chronicles 22:1, 2 Chronicles 3:1; D- Romans 6:1-2; E- Romans 5:20b;