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“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)

for the previous discussion on this verse go back a few blogs to “let’s continue our discussion” but i wanted to share an experience that i’ve had recently that reaffirms what this verse says.

recently it’s been easier for me to do my Bible study and such because i’ve had a little free time and i most definitely had the dedication to make sure that it got done. but this week has been crazy, thus the half post on tuesday. i was casually talking to God about the inability to really get into the Bible recently and He made sure to let me know about this verse.

so what does it mean if i’m “too busy” to get into the word. i honestly think that sometimes not reading the Bible everyday “religiously” is ok. if it’s not a labor of love, i don’t think that you’ll get much out of it. but when the labor of love is done as a sacrifice to other activities i have to think that He is more pleased. then the sacrifice costs you something and He knows it.

so what have you been sacrificing to continually read your bible? have you been doing so with regularity? have you been making sacrifices to make sure that God gets what He deserves from you?

next time you feel “too busy” to do what God has asked you to do remember to make the sacrifice that costs you something, and know that God will see it and it will please him.

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Posted July 15, 2010 by mattiev9287 in 2 samuel, about me, Bible study

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