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1 Chronicles 20-22: Sacrifice Should Cost Something
In 1 Chronicles 21, we find David building an altar to God. He wants to build this altar on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. The story begins in verse 1 where Satan puts in David’s mind to number Israel. David does this thing, but it displeases God. Maybe it was a pride thing? The Bible doesn’t tell us why God was displeased. But here we find ourselves in verses 20-30, and David is building an altar.
One of the many things that caught my attention about this story is recorded in verse 24, “But King David said to Ornan, ‘No, but I will buy them for the full price. I will not take for the Lord what is yours, nor offer burnt offerings that cost me nothing.’” Ornan is willing to give David whatever he asks—his threshing floor, oxen, wood, wheat. “I give it all” (21:23), Ornan says. But that’s not going to be David’s offering. That would be Ornan’s offering.
That was David’s point in verse 24. He didn’t want to take the threshing floor, oxen, wood, or wheat from Ornan. David wanted it to cost him something. He didn’t even want a bargain threshing floor. He wanted to pay “full-price,” the passage tells us. What kind of sacrifice are we making to God today? What price are we willing to pay? Full-price? Or, are we looking for a bargain sacrifice—one that doesn’t cost us too much? True sacrifice should cost us something. True sacrifice will cost us something.
What kinds of sacrifices have you made to God lately?
About Sweeter Than Honey
Let's be intentional about focusing on God’s Word and the truths found there. Let's let it inspire us to live out our faith each day in a way that causes those we come in contact with to want what we have found. God sees you. He knows you by name, He knows the number of hairs on your head, and He cares about every detail of your daily existence. He wrote you a Love Letter. Let’s dive in!
10/5/2022 11:01:03 am
You are so right, Maryleigh! It is an "attitude of the giving." That's exactly what God wants from us—and the FAITH to have that attitude is the catalyst.
10/5/2022 06:32:32 am
It was good to think on this for a bit. The Cross - it cost Jesus His life and God His Son. "There are a lot of ways we can make a sacrifice to God, but it’s got to cost us something to be a sacrifice."
10/5/2022 11:04:01 am
"The Cross - it cost Jesus His life and God His Son." Yes, Joanne, and I was just reading about Abraham's willingness to offer his only son, Isaac. Sometimes, God may ask for our "Isaac." He may not take it, but He wants to know if we are obedient enough to trust Him with it.
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