David Buys Araunah’s Threshing Floor

Several years ago, there was a song on Christian radio that said, “We bring a sacrifice of praise into the house of the Lord.” It had a happy, upbeat tune. Listening to it, I had the feeling that the singers were intrigued by the words but had not personally experienced … More


In response to David’s urgent prayer, the angel of the Lord orders the prophet Gad to tell David to  “Go up” to Araunah’s threshing floor. There David is to build an altar to the Lord (v. 18). He obeys as the Lord has commanded (v. 19). Araunah sees the King and his servants coming toward him and goes out to met him. He pays homage to David by bowing down before him with his face to the ground (v. 20), calling himself David’s servant (v. 21). Then David tells Araunah he has come to buy the threshing floor and build an altar to the Lord, so the plaque will be withdrawn from the people.

Although they were usually used as draft animals, oxen were also commonly sacrificed as burnt offerings and fellowship offerings (v. 22). David said he will not sacrifice to the Lord burnt offerings that cost him nothing (v. 23). So he pays Araunah fifty shekels of silver for both the threshing floor and the oxen and he builds an altar on it (v. 24). He then sacrifices his offerings as a means of seeking divine favor. The sword is put back in its sheath and judgment is stopped (v. 25). Although David seems to be content in building the altar on the threshing floor, Solomon would eventually build the temple there on the hill called Moriah (II Chron. 3:1). 


I am so thankful that Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for me in that He paid the debt for my sins.

II Samuel 24:18-25 (English Standard Version)

And Gad came that day to David and said to him, "Go up, raise an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite." So David went up at Gad's word, as the LORD commanded. And when Araunah looked down, he saw the king and his servants coming on toward him. And Araunah went out and paid homage to the king with his face to the ground. And Araunah said, "Why has my lord the king come to his servant?" David said, "To buy the threshing floor from you, in order to build an altar to the LORD, that the plague may be averted from the people." Then Araunah said to David, "Let my lord the king take and offer up what seems good to him. Here are the oxen for the burnt offering and the threshing sledges and the yokes of the oxen for the wood. All this, O king, Araunah gives to the king." And Araunah said to the king, "May the LORD your God accept you." 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. And David built there an altar to the LORD and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the LORD responded to the plea for the land, and the plague was averted from Israel.

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