Every story has a hero – his name is Jesus.
A star led shepherds to the place of Christ’s birth, but history has been pointing to Jesus since time began. To miss the story of Jesus in every page of the Bible and moment of our lives, is to miss the beauty of the Gospel. Just as every page in the bible points to Jesus, so the life of David was a foreshadow of the Savior to come.
2 Samuel 24 tells of a plague that has fallen on Israel as judgement for King David’s disobedience in taking a Census. But for every plague – there’s a promise, and for every sin, there’s a solution. The solution and the promise are always the same – its Jesus.
David petitions to take the place of the people suffering from the plague through the purchase of a threshing floor, the building of an altar and the offering of a sacrifice. This may seem insignificant, but it was through this very act that David was setting up a picture – establishing a principle – that would become our story in Jesus. After the harvest, on this threshing floor, grain was separated from straw and husks by beating it, and then forks were used to throw the mixture into the air so the wind could blow away the chaff, leaving only the good grain on the floor. This is a beautiful picture of what would become the cross of Calvary – where Jesus would be pressed and broken – where the wind of his spirit would blow and separate our mess and his divinity. Where our brokenness would be blown away, and only His goodness would remain. He took the burden so we could have the blessing. (John 10:10)
That same threshing floor would be the exact place where David’s son would one day build the temple which became a central location for the Jewish people. Gods promises of grace to his people comes together in the instance of David’s atoning for his sin. (2 Samuel 24:18-25). Whatever circumstance you find yourself today, know this: God can take the brokenness of anyone’s disobedience and turn it into a beautiful picture of his redeeming grace. The church is not a place of blessing and judgement but blessing and blessing alone. This blessing falls on us because of Jesus Christ. Not for anything we could ever do or any hoop we could ever jump through. The inheritance is already ours.
The entire narrative of worship that develops through the stories of David and Solomon prefigures Christ as the final temple where atonement is established for all believers. David was establishing the good news of the gospel – that a price was paid, a sacrifice was made – a burnt offering was offered up – so that peace could fill our hearts. David was doing it in a physical sense then, but God is doing it in our hearts today. The threshing floor has become the temple that became you and me. This is the gospel of Jesus.
‘You realize, don’t you, that you are the temple of God, and God himself is present in you? No one will get by with vandalizing God’s temple, you can be sure of that. God’s temple is sacred—and you, remember, are the temple.’
1 Corinthians 3:16 (MSG)