Open Heaven Topic:
SACRIFICES CAN AVERT DISASTERS
And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings. So the LORD was intreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel. – 2 Samuel 24:25
1 King 17:8-16
Open Heaven 18 January 2023 Message
In our Bible text for today, we read about the widow of Zarephath who had only one meal left. She and her son were going to eat and die.
She sacrificed that one meal and she and her son lived on. In Psalm 50:14-15, the Bible says if you offer sacrifices of thanksgiving and pay your vows, God will deliver you in the day of trouble.
In 2 Samuel 24:11-25, seventy thousand men had died from a pestilence that arose in Israel due to David conducting a census that displeased God.
This was a big disaster and something had to be done immediately to stop it. They had prayed and, although God had stopped the angel that was spreading the plague, He did not recall him; the angel remained at the threshing place of Araunah the Jebusite.
This still meant trouble, so David’s seer Gad decided that they should apply a principle to avert the disaster.
And Gad came that day to David, and said unto him, Go up, rear an altar unto the LORD in the threshing-floor of Araunah the Jebusite. 2 Samuel 24:18
When David wanted to make the sacrifice, Araunah tried to give everything needed to him for free, but he refused. He insisted that he had to bear the cost. He gave the sacrifice and the disaster was immediately averted.
And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the LORD was intreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel. 2 Samuel 24:25
The funny thing is that many non-Christians know this principle: that, in the face of impending doom or disaster, a really big sacrificial offering can avert it (2 Kings 3:26- 27). We as the children of the living God should follow David’s example and be ready to give a sacrificial offering, especially in troubled times.
May God help us – the true children of God to apply this principle in order to avert looming disasters, in Jesus’ name.
Open Heaven Hymn:
Rock Of Ages, Cleft For Me
Open Heaven Prayer Point:
Father, when a disaster seems to be looming around me, teach me what to do and give me the grace to do it.
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