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But At What Cost?

2 Samuel 24:24 (KJV) And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the Lord my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver

After being exposed for any wrong you have committed, how does it make you feel? Do you run to hide the shame? Or do you attempt to move forward as though nothing ever happened? Either reaction is a difficult place to find oneself. Yet, this is exactly what happens next with David in our narrative study.

Understanding The Text

In this text, we have been discussing the scenario wherein David sins, David repents, David is exposed by God’s prophet, David suffers the consequences, and David repents again at the end of this cycle. In verses 18-25, we see a completely different David from the king whose arrogance caused him to violate God’s command in Ex. 30:11-16.

However, there is something missing. Gad instructs David to go the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite and erect an altar unto God. We must remember that although David repented, there was no action on David’s part to satisfy God’s wrath. The missing key to unlock the understanding of this message is that David’s sin was covered in arrogance. He was king. People answered to him when He issued an order.

Now, through everything that had transpired, God was reminding David that He was Israel’s True King. David was a man chosen by God to be king, but God was the Sovereign King over all. Therefore, David was subject to Him like everyone else. All that David had came from God’s goodness and grace (Eph. 2:8-9). So David had no ground to stand upon in the presence of God the King.

The David we see at this juncture is one who has been broken by the anger of God. Now he finds himself, once again, as the man who understands from where his true source of life itself originates. In his brokenness, he comes before God empty-handed. He has nothing to offer God. He realizes his great need for God. Man would say that it is not enough. God would say otherwise.

God never requires from us anything that we are unable to give…

Why Is This Important To Us?

This is important to us because we have, like David, come before God empty handed subsequent to repentance. Although confession of and repentance from our sin is important, it is not the only thing we need to do to appease God’s wrath. There must be a sacrifice of something. Something has to lay upon the altar as an acceptable offering unto God.

We can bring God our brokenness. But when we lay it down, we have a tendency to walk away unchanged for long by the experience. Why is that? It is because when we left the altar, we left behind the thing we did not want. But what about the thing God wants most: all of us? We only give Him access to the portion we choose to relinquish to His authority, and we hold onto the rest. But what we have to understand is that it does not work that way, and neither does God operate this way. We have to give our all for Him to be honored as Lord over all areas of our lives.


The sum of all things leads to one conclusion: God is King. Therefore, we should respect and honor Him with our lives (Rom. 12:1). No area should remain not surrendered to His Lordship. Everything must be placed upon the altar before God and left there to be consumed by the Holy Fire from before His presence. It is God’s fire that purifies us and prepares us to become vessels to be used for God purposes. True surrender comes with a high price. Once we are willing to offer the sacrifice, we will begin to see God’s might hand at work is in the midst of every situation.

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