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This Isn’t Wal-Mart

2 Samuel 24; 1 Chronicles 21; 2 Chronicles 3:1

We had a missionary in a few years ago that really had a heart to work, and he helped me with a project while he was here.  At some point during our working together we decided that we had to make a supply run, and seeing that we needed a variety of things we thought a trip to Wal Mart would cover all of the bases.  As we were driving to the store, the brother began to tell me how much he loved Wal Mart.  He said where else can you get your oil changed, buy groceries, clothing, a TV, and have lunch all in one place?  And he also said, “If you keep your eyes open, you can find a bargain.”  Do you like bargains?  I love a bargain.  Sometimes I am compelled to buy something just because it is a good bargain. 

In our story tonight, we have come across another of David’s great sins.  This time he took a notion to number Israel.  It took about 9 months to complete the census, and there were about 1.3 million men available to serve.  It seems that just as soon as he heard the numbers, he was convicted, and began the process of repentance.  God sent the prophet Gad to David, and gave him three choices to be a punishment for his sin. He could let Israel endure 7 years of famine, spend three months running from his enemies, or allow a three day plague of pestilence.  Do you see what David chose?  None of the above, I can’t choose for Israel, so I will depend upon His mercy.

Psalms 147:11 The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.  So God dealt Israel a real blow and allowed a terrible pestilence to hit the nation.  I read this account and I see that it was going to last three days, but the Lord intervened in His own judgment, and the angel’s hand was stayed.  Here is God’s answer to David’s numbering—I have a number for you—70,000.  It could have been more.  Do you understand that David is very willing to be obedient to whatever the Lord commands next?  Go build an altar on the threshing floor.  When you read the account in 1 Chronicles 21, we are told that Ornan saw the angel and took his four sons and hid.  David comes along, finds him, and offers to buy the threshing floor.  Ornan  has this attitude of—you know what?  I have kind of lost my zeal for threshing, and farming, let me give you the threshing floor and all of the extras.  This is where that man after God’s own heart steps in to the picture again.  NAY.  My pride has taken me far enough.  I have led our nation into a great trial.  There are already 70,000 men dead.  There is grief throughout the country.  I didn’t come looking for any bargains.  This isn’t Wal Mart, it is the work of the Lord.  We may as well deal with this seeming contradiction in the Scriptures.  Araunah, and Ornan come from the same Hebrew root—it means to be strong.  Secondly the price paid.  One was for the threshing floor only, and the second was for the whole parcel of land.  We know that this purchase was the future home of the Temple built in Solomon’s time.

2 Chronicles 3:1 Then Solomon began to build the house of the Lord at Jerusalem in mount Moriah, where the Lord appeared unto David his father, in the place that David had prepared in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.  Then the fire of the Lord came down and placed His stamp of approval upon the offering.  The angel then was commanded to put away his sword.  If you had the opportunity to urge David on in what he should have done in this situation, do you think you would have the attitude—Do whatever takes David, do not count the cost?

What if the roles were reversed and David was able to peek in on what is happening in our religious environment today?  Don’t forget where you came from.  Your were lost, unregenerate, the enemy of God, dead in trespasses and sin.  The Bible says

John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.  That is a pretty sorry state to find yourself in.

Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

Psalms 103:17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;  Hey Christian, it is because of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, and we have escaped His fierce wrath. 1 Thessalonians 1:10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

If I were you, I just wouldn’t hold anything back, after all, this isn’t Wal Mart, it is the house of God.  I wouldn’t be looking for any bargains. Help me to understand this:  How is it that we can easily see what David should do, but are blind as to what we should do.  We have escaped something greater than a plague or disease, we have escaped the eternal torment of Hell.  This isn’t a guilt trip, it’s a gratitude tour. 

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

So how is it you show God your gratitude for your salvation?  I go to church!  What a great price to pay.  I wish we could pick up this mindset somewhere along the pilgrim pathway—I don’t have to go to church, I get to go to church! 

Why are looking for bargains in the holiness department?

Why are you looking for bargains in the service department?

Why do some walk out of our assembly never to return saying, “This isn’t what I bargained for?

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