Now Araunah said to David, “Let my lord the king take and offer up whatever seems good to him. Look, here are oxen for burnt sacrifice, and threshing implements and the yokes of the oxen for wood. All these, O king, Araunah has given to the king.” And Araunah said to the king, “May the Lordyour God accept you.” - 2 Samuel 24:22-23
Araunah, willingly sold David the land for whatever price he would give and freely offered to give to him any oxen, to make a sacrifice on the altar. He also made available the wood to burn from his oxen’s yokes and the implements he used for threshing. He hoped David’s sacrifice would be acceptable in the sight of the Lord.
On this very same place––Mount Moriah, Abraham, in obedience to the Lord, took his son Issac, to make a sacrifice to the Lord. Abraham’s son said to his father: “My father!” and he said, “Here I am, my son.” Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” Incredibly Abraham told him: “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering” (Genesis 22:7-8).
The Lord had told Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac. The lad willingly placed himself on the altar. Abraham raised his hand to kill him but the Angel of the Lord stayed his hand. He had passed the test; God provided a ram in the thicket for the necessary sacrifice (Genesis 22:2, 9-13).
Imagine, two thousand years later––on Mount Moriah, Jesus willingly died on the cross for us. He was an acceptable sacrifice for our sins. God provided Jesus as the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world (John 1:29). It was His innocent blood that paid the price of our redemption––amazing! Have you accepted the Lord’s sacrificial provision for your sins to be forgiven through His only Son, Jesus Christ?
The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day,
“In the Mount of the Lordit shall be provided.”
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