October 22, 2017        “Cost Me”      Pastor Wood

Text: 2 Samuel 24:24 (ESV) 24 But the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will buy it from you for a price. I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God that cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.

David is obedient to God’s command to build the altar.

Araunah generously offers to assist David in his duty.

David refuses this generous offer because of devotion

Scripture for reflection:
David is obedient to God’s command to build the altar.
Deuteronomy 26:16 (ESV) 16 “This day the Lord your God commands you to do these statutes and rules. You shall therefore be careful to do them with all your heart and with all your soul.
Matthew 26:39 (ESV) 39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”
John 14:15 (ESV) 15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
Exodus 19:5–6 (ESV) 5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; 6 and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.”
Psalm 81:11 (ESV) 11 “But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel would not submit to me.
Jeremiah 7:22f (ESV) 22 For in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, I did not speak to your fathers or command them concerning burnt offerings and sacrifices. 23 But this command I gave them: ‘Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people. And walk in all the way that I command you, that it may be well with you.’
Araunah generously offers to assist David in his duty.
Galatians 6:4–5 (ESV) 4 But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. 5 For each will have to bear his own load.
Luke 11:46 (ESV) 46 And he said, “Woe to you lawyers also! For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers.
Proverbs 9:12 (ESV) 12  If you are wise, you are wise for yourself; if you scoff, you alone will bear it.
Isaiah 3:10 (ESV) 10 Tell the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds.
Romans 2:6–7 (ESV) 6 He will render to each one according to his works: 7 to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life;
David refuses this generous offer because of devotion
Psalm 62:12 (ESV) 12 and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love. For you will render to a man according to his work.
Matthew 7:3 (ESV) 3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
Genesis 3:13 (ESV) 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
Luke 18:13 (ESV) 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’