Religion That Is Free Is Not For Me – 8/19/18 AM

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Religion That Is Free Is Not For Me

2 Samuel 24:24  And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.

Intro: Stats on Church members

  • 10% of church members cannot be found
  • 20% of church members never attend church
  • 25% admit that they never pray
  • 35% admit that they do not read their Bibles
  • 40% admit that they never contribute to the church through tithe or offering
  • 60% never give to support world missions
  • 70% never assume responsibility within the church
  • 85% never invite anyone to church
  • 95 % have never won anyone to Christ
  • BUT…100% expect to go to Heaven

Jesus said:

  • Luke 14:27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.
  • Luke 14:33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

Question: What has your religion cost you?

 

I. Notice David’s Predicament

1 Chronicles 21:1 And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.

God’s anger was kindled against Israel, so He moved David against them…

A. David’s Disobedience – vs. 1

THE REQUIRMENTS FOR TAKING A CENSUS: Exodus 30:11-16

David failed to meet the requirement to charge the people a shekel when numbering them.

He was more concerned about how many men he had than he was the needs of the ministry

B. David’s Disappointment– vs. 10 I have sinned greatly…take away the iniquity…I have done very foolishly

David’s heart smote him. QUESTION: When was the last time your heart smote you?

Are you ever bothered by anything that you ever do?

David got honest with God.

He didn’t make excuses. He admitted the seriousness of his actions.

David cast himself on the mercy of God.

In verse 1 and in verse 9, David was relying upon man.

But in verse 14, he realized that he needed to rely on the hand of God rather than the hand of man.

C. David’s Desire – vs. 17-21 …that the plague may be stayed from the people.

 

II. Notice David’s Provision

Araunah pronounced (Aranah) offered to give it to David.

  • 22 – Let my lord the king TAKE and offer up what seemeth good unto him
  • 22 – here be oxen for burn sacrifice
  • threshing instruments of the oxen for wood

David was provided with the place, the sacrifice and the wood for the fire.

Everything that he needed was provided.

Everything that was required for him to make sacrifices was provided.

Everything a man could ask for was provided supernaturally by this complete stranger.

NOTICE: The words of Araunah – The Lord thy God accept thee.

This man wasn’t even a believer. He was a Jebusite – see verse 18

 

III. Notice David’s Purchase

  • 21 To buy the threshingfloor of thee…
  • 24 Nay, but I will surely buy it of thee at a price…
  • 24 Neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the Lord my God of that which doth cost me nothing.

David refused to have a relationship with God “WHICH DOTH COST ME NOTHING.”

We have developed a generation of Christianity that is essential “welfare Christians”.

Conclusion:

NOTICE: James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

Pure Religion and Undefiled is this – One that practices:

  1. CompassionTo visit the fatherless and widows…

TO VISIT: to look upon or after, to inspect, examine with the eyes

1a) in order to see how he is, i.e. to visit, go to see one

1a1) the poor and afflicted, the sick

1b) to look upon in order to help or to benefit

1b1) to look after, have care for, provide for: of God

  1. ContributionTo visit…in their affliction

AFFLICTION: a pressing, pressing together, pressure, oppression, affliction, tribulation, distress, straits

  1. Consecrationand to keep himself unspotted from the world.

David said: Religion That Is Free Is Not For Me

What about you? Are you willing to pay the price for pure religion?

When we look at all that God has done for us, all that He has given to us, how can we not give back?

  • Acts 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

So who got the bigger blessing in John 3:16?

God gave his only begotten Son, that He may gain many sons of God (John 1:12)