February 8: Jerusalem; God’s unique relationship with Israel

God led David to what is now the Temple Mount.  This passage is shows the historic title deed and payment granting the Jewish people the right to the Temple Mount. 

1 Chronicles 21:22-30

 David said to him, “Sell me your threshing floor so I can build an altar to the Lord here. Then the terrible disease will stop. Sell it to me for the full price.”

Araunah said to David, “Take this threshing floor. My master the king, do anything you want. Look, I will also give you oxen for the whole burnt offerings, the threshing boards for the wood, and wheat for the grain offering. I give everything to you.”

But King David answered Araunah, “No, I will pay the full price for the land. I won’t take anything that is yours and give it to the Lord. I won’t offer a burnt offering that costs me nothing.”

So David paid Araunah about fifteen pounds of gold for the place. David built an altar to the Lord there and offered whole burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. David prayed to the Lord, and he answered him by sending down fire from heaven on the altar of burnt offering.  Then the Lord commanded the angel to put his sword back into its holder.

When David saw that the Lord had answered him on the threshing floor of Araunah, he offered sacrifices there.  The Holy Tent that Moses made while the Israelites were in the desert and the altar of burnt offerings were in Gibeon at the place of worship. But David could not go to the Holy Tent to speak with God, because he was afraid of the angel of the Lord and his sword.

PRAY FOR YOUR CHURCH AND YOUR NATION TO RECOGNIZE AND HONOR ISRAEL’S TITLE TO THE TEMPLE MOUNT.

Talpiot

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