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Welcome to the How to Stay and Survive the Coronavirus Plague Briefing Podcast #74. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.
2 Samuel 24:21-25 says, “And Araunah said, Wherefore is my lord the king come to his servant? And David said, To buy the threshingfloor of thee, to build an altar unto the LORD, that the plague may be stayed from the people. And Araunah said unto David, Let my lord the king take and offer up what seemeth good unto him: behold, here be oxen for burnt sacrifice, and threshing instruments and other instruments of the oxen for wood. All these things did Araunah, as a king, give unto the king. And Araunah said unto the king, The LORD thy God accept thee. 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. And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the LORD was intreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel.”
The Evangelical Commentary on the Bible says, “As the angel with a drawn sword stands near him, David is ordered to build an altar to the Lord. The place where he sees the angel is the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite, located north of Jerusalem on a hill overlooking the city. Chronicles refers to this hill as Mount Moriah, and it becomes the very site on which Solomon later builds the temple. When David asks Araunah for permission to buy the threshing floor, the Jebusite agrees and even offers to give it to David along with oxen and wood for the offering. But David insists on paying for it, refusing to sacrifice burnt offerings that cost him nothing. He pays fifty shekels of silver for the threshing floor and the oxen, and according to 1 Chronicles 21:25 he pays six hundred shekels of gold for the whole site. It is an expensive purchase, but what a meaningful place to build the temple, where David himself experienced both the judgment and mercy of God! In the future the temple would be a place where sin could be atoned for, bringing forgiveness and life to the sinner. When the altar is built, David presents burnt offerings and fellowship offerings as a symbol of his renewed commitment to the Lord. These two offerings were also presented in the midst of an earlier national calamity during the time of the judges, and Solomon sacrificed numerous burnt offerings and fellowship offerings at the dedication of the temple. Of all the offerings to be presented at the temple, none was more significant than the ones brought by David to this hastily built altar. His sense of awe at the presence of God could only have been matched by Abraham’s, who had sacrificed a ram in place of Isaac at this very site. Coupled with David’s confession and repentance, the sacrifices make atonement for sin and God answers his prayer in behalf of the land. The plague ends as the Lord has mercy on his covenant people.”
2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Revelation 2:4-5 says, “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.”
Leonard Ravenhill said, “Repentance is a change of mind about God, about sin, and about hell!”
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Ephesians 6:10 says, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.”
Thomas Constable said, “”Finally” means “For the rest” and introduces what remains for the readers to do. “Be strong” is a passive or middle imperative in the Greek text. It probably meant both “allow the Lord to strengthen you” and “strengthen yourself in the Lord”. It is the Lord who provides the power in both cases. The theme of power introduced earlier in this epistle recurs here. Three different words for power in this verse, all of which appear in Ephesians 1:19, remind us that the Lord”s might is available to us in our spiritual warfare. “The strength of his power” is a striking use of two words for might. The combination puts emphasis on the importance of the divine power at work in believers.” This may be a figure of speech meaning powerful strength. That this section is distinct from the five that precede it is evident from two facts. Paul introduced it differently, and the emphasis in it is on God’s resources. Earlier Paul urged the strengthening and growth of the body of Christ. Now he explained the need for this. The body is at war with a spiritual enemy. We do not just walk, but we also war. These two responsibilities (home and work on the one hand, and spiritual combat on the other) are quite different from each other. Husband and wife, parents and children, masters and servants are visible, tangible human beings, while the “principalities and powers” arrayed against us are invisible, intangible demonic beings. Sooner or later every believer discovers that the Christian life is a battleground, not a playground, and that he faces an enemy who is much stronger than he is – apart from the Lord. According to the Book of Acts and other sources, there was an unusual amount of demonic activity in Ephesus, and Paul encountered it when he ministered there. It was, therefore, appropriate that he addressed this subject at some length in this letter to the Ephesians.”
First, please understand that you are a sinner and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Please understand that because of your sins, you deserve punishment in hell. Romans 6:23 says “the wages of sin is death…” This is both physical death and spiritual death in hell.
But here is the good news. John 3:16 reads, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
The phrase “For God so loved the world” means that if you are in this world, God loves you no matter what you have done.
The next phrase, “that He gave His only begotten Son” refers to Jesus Christ. He is God’s son who suffered, bled, and died on the cross for your sins and for mine, and He was buried and rose again.
Our next phrase is “that whosoever believeth in Him”. The word “whosoever” means anybody at anytime. The phrase “believeth in Him” means to trust in Him, to depend upon Him, to rely on Him, or to have faith in Him for your salvation.
Our next phrase, “should not perish”, refers to eternal punishment in a place called hell.
And, lastly, the phrase “but have everlasting life” means to live eternally in Heaven with God.
The Bible also says in Romans 10:9 and 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at [email protected] and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.