- Lesson 6 in the BaptistWay Press Connect360 unit “Solomon: No Ordinary Kind of Wisdom” focuses on 2 Chronicles 3:1-17.
Jerusalem was not always home to the Jewish people. In the early years of David’s reign, the Lord gave the city over to the Hebrews to become their capital city in the Promised Land. In the centuries leading up to this time, God dwelt with people on earth within the confines of the tabernacle. It is here in the days of Solomon, however, that a permanent house for God would finally be built.
Immediately, we are told that the location of the Temple has already been decided; it is to be built upon “Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to David his father, at the place that David had appointed, on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite” (3:1). The history of Mount Moriah is a crimson thread that spans from Genesis, where the Lord provided a sacrifice in the place of Isaac (Genesis 22), all the way to the Gospels where Jesus would be crucified upon a hill located in the same mountain range (John 19). King David purchased the threshing floor from Ornan (1 Chronicles 21) in order to build an altar to the Lord. It is at this intersection where we find one of the most important lessons about worship and sacrifice.
Ornan the Jebusite was a fairly normal man threshing wheat on that particular day, so when he saw David coming up the mountain toward him, he stopped what he was doing and naturally paid homage to the king. Not only this, but Ornan also offered the land to David for free. I’m sure this would have been an enticing deal not to pass up, but as we know, David had the heart of a worshipper. He responds: “No, but I will buy them for the full price. I will not take for the Lord what is yours, nor offer burnt offerings that cost me nothing” (1 Chronicles 21:24).
David understood what many of us today miss, there should always be a cost to our worship. The Apostle Paul echoes this sentiment when he says, “present your bodies as a living sacrifice…which is your spiritual worship” (Romans 12:1). We often find today that comfort takes precedence over sacrifice and personal preference over humility, while instead, God is calling us to prefer others even over ourselves (Philippians 2:3).
Circling back to our story, this threshing floor had to be purchased for the Temple to be built. In other words, the dwelling place of God would have to be on land that was bought with a price. What an incredible foreshadowing of another transaction that was made within the same mountain range. God’s ultimate plan of redemption was to make his dwelling place inside of people, but those people would have to be purchased to become a temple for God’s presence. Jesus Christ in all of his glory left heaven, wrapped himself in flesh, dwelt among people fully God and fully man, was crucified on a cross, buried in a tomb, and rose three days later. This is our redemption story.
Compiled by Stan Granberry, marketing coordinator for BaptistWay Press.
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