Monday, 17 December 2018
Scripture Reference: 2 Samuel 24:18-25
I have watched many drama series through which sacrificial love is expressed i.e. a person willing to die for another.
I learned something today: the exact location of the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite was the most vital place in Israel’s history… In Genesis 22, Abraham obeyed God and almost sacrificed his son Isaac – in this very spot. God did not coincidentally grieve at this EXACT spot generations later during David’s reign, then coincidentally direct an altar, and ultimately the temple of God, to be built there as well. Each occurrence was based on the vivid lesson God taught about SUBSTITUTIONARY DEATH - at the same location.
The altar – God commanded that an altar for sacrifice be built by both Abraham and David, and ultimately by Solomon on the SAME spot. Something at that location obviously represented sacrifice and substitution.
The timing – Genesis 22:10-12 tells us that when Abraham reached out his hand and took a knife to slay his son, God intervened and stopped him. God then presented a sacrifice in his place. Consider the timing during David’s reign: 1 Chronicles 21:16 tells us “David looked up and saw the angel of the LORD standing between heaven and earth, with a drawn sword in his hand extended over Jerusalem.”
Of the same event, 2 Samuel 24:16 says: When the angel stretched out his hand to destroy Jerusalem, the LORD WAS GRIEVED and He said to the angel who was afflicting the people, “Enough! Withdraw your hand.” The angel of the Lord was then at the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.
Hence, the legacy of sacrifice on Mount Moriah that continues from Abraham to David to Solomon because ACCESS to God is forever based on sacrifice and mercy.
THE GOOD NEWS: Today, we can gain ACCESS to God through Jesus Christ, the sacrificial Lamb of God. The Bible tells us that God did not send Jesus to condemn the world but to SAVE the world through Him. Whoever BELIEVES in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
As I pray this morning, these words came to mind: A true disciple, a disciple of truth; A faithful follower, a follower of faith in Christ; A teachable spirit, a spirit transformed into the image of God.
I remember what a Spirit-filled teacher said at a leaders’ conference: As a leader, you wear a ‘L’ plate in front and a ‘L’ plate behind. The front ‘L’ represents ‘Leader’ and the back ‘L’ represents ‘Learner’. That’s the way to grow.
King David’s prayer
May my prayer be set before You like incense; May the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice. Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips. Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers; Let me not eat of their delicacies. Let a righteous man strike me – it is a kindness; Let him rebuke me – it is oil on my head. My head will not refuse it (Psalm 141:1-5).
Dear Father God
King David is a man after Your own heart. May we learn from him.
I pray that the Spirit of Truth be with us so that we may reveal Christ and glorify You wherever we go. Give us a teachable spirit. Give us knowledge and understanding. Give us wisdom and discernment. Fill us with the Holy Spirit.
Lam Yee Ling