“And king David said to Ornan, Nay; but I will verily buy it for the full price: for I will not take that which is thine for the LORD, nor offer burnt offerings without cost.” 1 Chronicles 21:24 (KJB)
Let me share my thoughts on reading 1 Chronicles 20 – 22 this morning; especially verse 24 of chapter 21: These events are written in 2 Samuel 24 as well and verse 24 of that chapter is the similar verse. Ornan, the land owner offered to give King David the threshing floor, but King David would not hear of it; he would pay the full value of the land.
Sacrifice by its mere name alone signifies a cost, a price must be paid. To make an offering from something given you is no sacrifice. Someone else paid the price. If someone gives me a gift of 10,000 dollars and I give 9,000 of those dollars to my Church – that is not a sacrifice. Now, know this; it was my friend who possibly made the sacrifice.
There was a sacrifice I could not pay that would get me to God. Because of sin, I will die, and my death is the requirement of God’s law for sin. The sacrifice could bring life for one who is holy and righteous before God; but there is none righteous, not one (Romans 3:10). I would be dead with no hope. My death has no redeeming power because I am a sinner, condemned, unclean, and unworthy.
God mad the sacrifice Himself with the sacrifice of Jesus Christ His Son on the cross. He died, was buried, and He rose again making the sacrifice the only sacrifice for sin, and the only way of forgiveness, and eternal life with the Living God.
There is a sacrifice required of those who know Him. Read Romans 12:1-2.