Acceptable worship – Part 1
Then he said to the servants, “Stay here with the donkey. The boy and I will go over there and worship, and then we will come back to you.” Genesis 22:5
But he was going to use Isaac as a sacrifice to God. Sacrifice hurts to the bone marrow and sometimes you feel stupid doing so.
We don’t thank Him because it’s a routine thing to do. Have you ever been accused by your loved ones that you can’t sacrifice anything for them? That all you know is all about yourself? For any meaningful relationship to last long and be fruitful those involved must be willing to sacrifice for it to produce desired result, how much more the Almighty God. We cannot give God crumbs of our time, service, worship and money. If He sacrificed much, we cannot do less.
David demonstrated a profound and staggering act of acceptable sacrifice in 2 Samuel 24:24.
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 (2 Samuel 24:24).
David ordered a census of Israel and Judah, maybe to show his exploits and military might and to this God was not pleased. This action made him to incur the wrath of Jehovah. David was offered three difficult options a result of his action of which he was to choose one. Seven years of famine, to flee three months before his enemies, while they pursue him, or three days pestilence in the land?
So Gad came to David, and told him, and said unto him, Shall seven years of famine come unto thee in thy land? Or wilt thou flee three months before thine enemies, while they pursue thee? Or that there be three days’ pestilence in thy land? Now advise, and see what answer I shall return to him that sent me (2 Samuel 24:13)
You may not understand the depth of the three options because you are reading it but David chose none rather.
David answered, “I am in a desperate situation! But I don’t want to be punished by people. Let the LORD himself be the one to punish us, for he is merciful,”( 2 Samuel 24:14).
At the end of the day seventy thousand innocent men lost their lives when the Lord struck the land with pestilence upon Israel verse 15.
So the LORD sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning even to the time appointed: and there died of the people from Dan even to Beersheba seventy thousand men (2 Samuel 24:13)
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