Delivered Over; Raised Up

From Lynda Lindsey 

Then the angel of the Lord ordered Gad to tell David to go up and build an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite. So David went up in obedience to the word that Gad had spoken in the name of the Lord.

I Chronicles 21:18-19

Araunah said to David, “Take it! ... Look ... I will give all this.” I Chronicles 21:23

King David’s reply to Araunah: No, I insist on paying the full price. I will not take for the Lord what is yours, or sacrifice a burnt offering that costs me nothing.

I Chronicles 21:24

He (Jesus) was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. Romans 4:25

King David committed a grave sin by taking a census of all Israel’s fighting men during a time of peace. David, recognizing his sin, confessed, repented, and asked God’s forgiveness, yet the consequences were severe. David chose to fall into the hands of the Living God, knowing God’s mercy to be vast and great. David, in obedience to the word of the Lord, bought a threshing floor in order to worship. Although the owner offered to give the land to David, David understood that sacrifice is costly.

Jesus, pure, spotless, the unblemished Lamb of God is our sacrifice. Jesus was delivered over to death for our sins and willingly paid the cost with his shed blood. What cost us nothing cost Jesus His life. The good news is revealed in the final part of Romans 4:25: He (Jesus) was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. Jesus was raised up to life! And because He lives, we who trust in His sacrifice also live!

David, and the whole Israelite nation, suffered terrible consequences from David’s sin. Yet out of that disaster, God, in His great kindness, ordered a site to be readied and prepared for worship. God, in His great mercy, allows us to return to Him in worship and adoration after we’ve fallen, otherwise we could be overtaken by despair at our own failures. Look to Jesus. He was raised to life for our pardon. In Him, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Look at the One raised up to life for us and worship!