Saturday, December 29, 2012

David-The Sacrifice that Stopped a Plague

By Mary Vee
II Samuel 24

From David's Notes

The prophet Gad came to me again with a message. "Go build an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite."

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I didn't ask any questions, I left right away for Araunah's house. 

He came out and greeted me, bowing his face low to the ground. "Why has my lord the king come to my home?"

"I have come to buy your threshing floor.  There I will build an altar to the Lord as He asked in order for the plague among our people may end."

He kept his head low and spoke again. "You may take the threshing floor and offer any sacrifice to Him. Look, I have oxen for burnt sacrifice and tools, and the yokes for wood. You make have all of this. With this I pray God will accept your sacrifice."

I shook my head. "No, I cannot accept these gifts. But, I will gladly buy it from you for a price. I cannot offer a sacrifice that costs me nothing."

We agreed on a price of fifty shekels of silver which I paid right then. After handing him the money I went up to the threshing floor, built and altar, and offered burnt and peace offerings to the Lord God of Israel.

Afterward the Lord was pleased and the plague stopped.

I became quite tired afterwards and went back to the palace to rest. My body was old and I felt sick. I felt a terrible chill throughout my body. The servants brought blankets and hot soup. Nothing warmed me enough. My advisors found a young woman to take care of me, cook food in my room, and bring me whatever I needed.

I knew my days would soon be over and a king would have to be named in my place. For now, I think I will sleep and talk about it again next time.

1.  What prophet brought God's message to David?
2.  What did God want David to do?
3.  Did David respond right away?
4.  What did Araunah want to give David?
5.  Did David accept Araunah's gift? Why or why not?
6.  What happened after David offered the sacrifice?
7.  David was very old. What did he need to do next?

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