June 15 – How much does it cost?
Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 23:8-24:25 / Acts 9:32-10:23 / Psalm 74:1-9
One of the most important questions we ask when buying something is, “How much does it cost?” If the price is within our budget, reasonable or good, we will often make the purchase. Prices are often determined according to value and demand. If an item is highly valued or greatly demanded, then the price is greater.
David comes to a time in life where he values strength and greatness. He follows the age long thought, “there is strength in numbers”. David numbers Israel and measures the strength of his kingdom by the nation’s population, not by God’s greatness. The price of that decision and the consequence of the sin were greater than David ever imagined.
The cost of David’s sin would require payment by one of three judgments. Three years of famine, three months fleeing from his enemies or three days of plague. (2 Samuel 24:13) David left the decision up to God and God sent three days of plague upon the land of Israel. The price was so great that 70,000 people died during the plague. God was grieved and David blamed himself; asking God why others had to suffer for his sin. David asks for the responsibility of his sin to be placed on himself and his family.
The price for our sin is always greater than we ever imagine and touches innocent lives. God instructs David to build an altar on Araunah’s threshing floor. As he does so, Araunah offers to give the threshing floor, altar material and animal sacrifices to David. David responds, “No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” (24:24)
David bought everything for the sacrifice and offered up burnt and fellowship offerings to God, “Then, the Lord answered prayer in behalf of the land, and the plague on Israel was stopped.” (24:25). How much does the sacrifice of repentance cost? The cost of repentance is a broken heart, godly sorrow and a turning away from sin… The cost for the forgiveness of sin is the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Yes, sacrifice will cost us something but it cost Jesus everything...