THURSDAY, MARCH 20
Scripture: 1 Chronicles 21:26-28
Verses 26-28 state, “And David built there an altar to the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, and called on the Lord; and He answered him from heaven by fire on the altar of burnt offering. So the Lord commanded the angel, and he returned his sword to its sheath. At that time, when David saw that the Lord had answered him on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite, he sacrificed there.” Isn’t it interesting that verse 28 says, “At that time, when David saw that the Lord had answered him on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite, he sacrificed there.”? The unique thing about the field that David bought and the threshing floor was that it was at that place that God invited David to covenant. It was at that place that the angel first stopped destroying. And then as David built the altar and made the sacrifice, covenant mercy exploded. No wonder it became the temple. But where is the temple today? The temple today is within us. This is a picture of what is supposed to be on the inside of us. The place where covenant starts or stops judgment though mercy is inside us! We are it! We are the walking threshing floor of Ornan. We are the walking temple of the Living God. We are the ones that bring justice. Our prayers should shake the wicked. The very breath of our mouth should slay them if they refuse to repent! Can we walk in that place as Kings? We should! Jesus bought and paid for it! Where is the Judicial Christ in the men and women who represent God? One hundred years ago, Mordecai Ham could represent the King. The very breath of his lips slew the wicked. Why have we become so Priestly that we have hardly any Kingly value? In walking only as Priests, we enable the enemy rather than slay him. It is time we understood what Jesus bought and paid for and act on it! David did. David sinned and he made a major mistake. It cost him, but in the process he found the place where the temple was to be built that represented the covenant of Sure Mercy. In failure, David found the place every believer could start the Sword or stop the Sword. This is the kind of altar that is supposed to exist on the inside of each one of us. We should walk around with this authority and exercise it. David did, and he is our New Testament example according to Acts 13.