Text: 1 Chronicles 21:20 – 30
GOD RESPONDS TO A SINCERE SACRIFICE
God Responds to David’s sincere Sacrifice because it was born out of a repentant and contrite heart. He chose the threshing floor of Onnan, the Jebusite for an altar. The reverence of God should not be casual. An altar must be raised to this effect.
King David made a demand for the threshing floor as directed by Gad, the seer. it clear from the beginning that he would buy it for its full price (vs 22).
It sounds intimidating to ask for someone’s personal belonging for free in the pretext of using it for God’s service. David did not employ this method even when Ornan offers it for free. What are the possible reason(s) for which David insists on paying the full price? God’s children are to be wise. Don’t be involve in a transaction that will bring some problems to you or your posterity in future.
God had foreordained this place for His habitation before Israel came to possess the Promised Land. It is the site where Abraham offered Isaac, Mount Moriah (Genesis 21).
The threshing floor is where the chaff is separated from the wheat. It connotes the bringing of an end to sin by sacrifice. Therefore an altar must be raised here.
It may interest you to note that this will later become the location of King Solomon’s temple.
As we consider how we arrived at this location, we acknowledge the greatness of God. The sin of Israel demanded an altar for sacrifice. What God began with Abraham was developing to the sacrifice Christ made for all men. God’ sacrifice of Jesus cost him his only son hence the rejection of Onan’ free offer to David.
Who is that ” minister ” of Christ that would say no, emphatically, to such offer? Which of them would not conclude that God has brought a lamb for sacrifice.
We all have need to return to the sincere and sacrificial ways of the worship of God. God is not a snatcher. Neither does He employ subtle means to get things. King David purchased the threshing floor for the altar for six hundred shekels of gold by weight (vs 26).
God’s instruction to David to build an altar signified that He initiated the reconciliation with His people. Our willingness to meet with God should be overt if we mean to reconcile with Him. We should take the advantage that God so loved us that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).
The sacrifices of David testified that God had accepted them (verse 26) having followed the due process and in utter obedience.
Our prayers are the burnt and peace offerings that open the door into God’s presence. Do you take this seriously ? The offerings stopped the pestilence that ravaged the city of Jerusalem and other places in Israel. Our prayers are based on the ultimate sacrifice made by Jesus on the cross. Have you taken advantage of this sacrifice yet?