I Chronicles 21:24
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24  But King David replied to Ornan, “No, I will buy them at the full price. I cannot make a present to God of what belongs to you, or sacrifice a burnt offering that has cost me nothing.”

va-YO-mer ha-ME-lekh da-VEED l’-or-NAN LO kee ka-NOH ek-NEH b’-KHE-sef ma-LAY KEE lo e-SA a-sher l-KHA la-do-NAI v’-ha-a-LOT o-LAH khi-NAM

כד  וַיֹּאמֶר הַמֶּלֶךְ דָּוִיד לְאָרְנָן לֹא כִּי־קָנֹה אֶקְנֶה בְּכֶסֶף מָלֵא כִּי לֹא־אֶשָּׂא אֲשֶׁר־לְךָ לַיהֹוָה וְהַעֲלוֹת עוֹלָה חִנָּם׃

 21:24   I will buy them at the full price

King David refuses to receive the land upon which he would build the altar as a gift. Instead, he insists on paying full price for it. The first verse of the next chapter reveals that this land David purchased would become the permanent location of the Beit Hamikdash, the spiritual center of the Jewish people. As such, the ownership of the land must be beyond dispute. When something is given as a gift, the previous owner maintains some small moral claim to it, as he gave it without recompense. By buying the land, as Avraham had bought the Cave of Machpelah, David guarantees that the Jewish people’s claim to the Temple Mount in Yerushalayim would be indisputable for all time.

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  • I stand amazed at the wisdom of God – and that David would own his actions to the point he did, to not wanting the the moral right of ownership to be anyone's but his. There could be no doubt in the minds of the onlookers/those who knew what was transpiring, that David's actions though previously contrary to God's Will, showed heaviness of heart and the need for him to atone for his lack of judgement. No easy matter for a King I suspect, but for a king like David nothing he does surprises me when it comes to him having peace with God.

    The Temple built on that location too. My mind is swirling with thought of the Valley of Achor where Achan was stoned and he, his family and livestock killed and burnt, becomes for many a 'Door of Hope'
    [HOSEA II:15] is this why that became the site of the temple, because from the burnt ashes of David's failure, his confession and then him choosing to do the right and moral thing – they would become a 'Door of Hope' for the Jewish Nation. The temple built where a great lesson had been learned – and perhaps for me another lesson of how God has built on the ashes in my own life.

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I Chronicles 21:24

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