Posts Tagged ‘holy ground’

2 Samuel 24:18-25 (Part 1 of 3)
David Builds an Altar (Conclusion of 2 Samuel)

You know that there are special place in your life in your spiritual walk. Places that when you revisit them that memories of the significance of the place come flooding back and how the event(s) that took place at this location changed or took your walk with the Lord to the next level. For me, I have those places too. There are those places that are simply strategic geographic locations that have meant much to my walk with the Lord. Not because of the ground itself but because of what happened there.

For me there are several places that are holy to me. First there is Abundant Life Church in Greenville, SC. It was there in December 2001 that I accepted Christ as my Savior. I remember the moment with clarity these 16 years and 9 months later. If I walked into the worship center at this church now, I would most likely not know anyone there. From their website, I know that much has changed there. New pastors, new people, a different mix of people than when I was there as a member. However, if I walked into that worship center now whether it was a Sunday or during the week, the place would be holy ground to me. I would stand there is awe of the change that took place in my life at that moment in 2001. The slow change, the painful change, the process of sanctification that began at that moment when I submitted my life to the leadership of the Lord. I have not been back to that church since July 2004. But if I did it now, these many years later. I would stand in the worship center in awe and in tears probably for what started at that place that Sunday so many years ago. It’s not that the bricks and mortar are important but it was what happened there.

Another holy place to me is the old school in Livermore, CA where the church services and offices of Livermore Alive Community Church was located. The church no longer exists now. It folded back in 2012, two years after left there to move to South Carolina. However, I have driven back by the building which is now a multi-agency community center and the emotions of what happened there overwhelmed me. Just driving by. There was the sadness that the church no longer exists that was a church that was pivotal in my spiritual development, but there was gladness as well. It was there that I was challenged to be more than a baby Christian. It was there that I started growing up in Christ. It was there that I finally got it that being a Christ follower was more than just a weekend thing. It was there that I learned being a Christ follower is an all-in, all the time thing. It is a lifestyle not a hobby. It is the core of your being not just something you do. It was there that I gained a passion for Christ that sustains me to this day. That place is nothing in and of itself but it is what happened there.

The next holy place to me is the “that place on top of the hill” in Lyman, SC where LifeSong Church is located. Wow! What can I say about that place that I haven’t already said a million times in these blogs. It was there that my walk with the Lord was taken to the next level. Livermore Alive was holy ground necessary to prepare me for the holy ground of LifeSong Church. It was there on that holy ground that I became even more passionate about the Lord. It was there that I became a man spiritually speaking. It was there that I became sold-out for the Lord. It was there that Elena and I were ignited to be leaders in the church. It was there that we learned to do whatever it takes to follow the Lord and lead others in doing it. It was there that I heard the call to the ministry. It was there that I became part of a church staff. It was there that my faith in Jesus Christ was exponentially grown. Talk about holy ground! Take about exponential growth of some amazing men of God. Talk about equipping me for ministry. Talk about learning to be a missionary in every aspect of my life! Holy ground!

It was these places in my life that came to mind when I began reading the final passage of 2 Samuel this morning, 2 Samuel 24:18-25. Let’s read about this piece of holy ground in this passage. You may think it’s just a random place designated by God for David to give an offering at that moment in history. Oh but this place is so much more than that. Lets read:

18 That day Gad came to David and said to him, “Go up and build an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.”

19 So David went up to do what the Lord had commanded him. 20 When Araunah saw the king and his men coming toward him, he came and bowed before the king with his face to the ground. 21 “Why have you come, my lord the king?” Araunah asked.

David replied, “I have come to buy your threshing floor and to build an altar to the Lord there, so that he will stop the plague.”

22 “Take it, my lord the king, and use it as you wish,” Araunah said to David. “Here are oxen for the burnt offering, and you can use the threshing boards and ox yokes for wood to build a fire on the altar. 23 I will give it all to you, Your Majesty, and may the Lord your God accept your sacrifice.”

24 But the king replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on buying it, for I will not present burnt offerings to the Lord my God that have cost me nothing.” So David paid him fifty pieces of silver[a] for the threshing floor and the oxen.

25 David built an altar there to the Lord and sacrificed burnt offerings and peace offerings. And the Lord answered his prayer for the land, and the plague on Israel was stopped.

In this passage, the concluding passage of 2 Samuel, we see David at the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite. Many scholars theorize that this threshing floor where David built the altar is the location where Abraham nearly sacrificed his son, Isaac (Genesis 22:1-18). After David’s death, Solomon built the temple on this spot. Centuries later, Jesus would teach and preach here. So, this is not just some random spot. It is the focal point of Judeo-Christian history. It is the place where mighty things have happened. This is where the principal fathers of our faith have showed their true devotion to the Lord (Abraham), where David performed his final act of devotion to the Lord, where Solomon built a mighty temple unto the Lord, where Jesus spent his final days preaching and teaching the faithful and rebuking the religious elite. It was here that He sealed his fate to be sacrificed on the cross for our sins. This is a place of sacrifice then. It is an important place to God. Things happened here that are important to us as Christians.

What are your holy places? What are the significant landmarks in your life and your walk with Lord. The places themselves are just geography but what happened at those places are what the important thing is. What are those pivotal places where you met Jesus and gave your life to Him? What are those pivotal places that you became passionate about Christ? What are those places that you grew up in Christ? What are those places not for the places themselves but what happened there? It is good to remember these places not for the places themselves but to remember how far God has brought you! Looking back on occasion helps us see what God has done in our lives so far…and help us to trust where He is taking us now. One day I will look back at Calvary Church of the Quad Cities over there on 4700 53rd Street in Moline IL as one of those holy ground places. Already I have learned so much there. Just imagine ten years from now how special that place will be in my spiritual history.

Amen and Amen.

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