Let’s continue our discussion   1 comment

“No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price, for I will not offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God which cost me nothing”
2 Samuel 24:24 (NASB)

the tory to this passage starts with king david taking a census that God had not told him to to take. so due to his disobedience the king had a choice. he could choose between 7 years of famine (1 chronicles says 3 years), 3 months of fleeing before his foes, or 3 days of pestilence. the king chose 3 days of pestilence and in those three days 70,000 people died. king david then feels sorrow for his nation being punished for his sin.  then God’s prophet, gad, told him to go build an altar on the threshing floor of araunah the jebusite. when david tells araunah that he needs to buy the threshing floor, araunah offers to give him the land, and the animals for the sacrifice. but david insists that he can not sacrifice something that doesn’t cost him anything. if that happens it ceases to be a real sacrifice.

so we go back to the last post and how some people try to use luke 6:38 to try to let us think that if we give to God, He will give back to us more than we will ever expect. as discussed yesterday it would seem that the passage from yesterday is talking about judgment and not money. so with that let’s look at luke 6:38 combined with 2 samuel 24:24

if we know that anything we give to God will be returned to us and that we don’t have to worry about anything, where does faith and sacrifice come in. and a sacrifice doesn’t mean that you will definitely get back what you sacrificed. it means never expecting to see it again.

so let’s learn to sacrifice when God tells us to give and to give without expecting anything in return

now all that being said we don’t have a reason to think that God doesn’t bless those who are faithful to Him and to are willing to do what He says, but that shouldn’t be our motivation for giving and obeying, we should do it cause we love God and want to please Him.


Posted July 9, 2010 by mattiev9287 in 2 samuel, Bible study, luke

One response to “Let’s continue our discussion

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  1. This is a principle of God that touches almost every facet of our lives. What we “put out” will come back to us. Again, the “golden rule”.

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