Grace and Truth
by Pastor Jack Hyles
(Chapter 16 from Dr. Hyle's excellent book, Grace and Truth)
THE SIMPLE PLACE
I Chronicles 21:28, "At that time when David saw that the Lord had answered him in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite, then he sacrificed there."
1st Chronicles 22:1, "Then David said, This is the house of the Lord God, and this is the altar of the burnt-offering for Israel."
David was commissioned to build a house for God. There must be a place where the people meet God. David searched for years for just the right place. Finally he rejoiced that he could find it. When he had paid the price, the angel of justice went to a certain spot with his sword sheathed and revealed to David that this was the place.
The amazing thing was that the place was a threshingfloor. It was a large flat rock, probably about 50 feet in diameter, where the oxen trampled out the kernels of the wheat. Could it be true that God is going to build His dwelling place among men on a common threshingfloor? Could it be true that the great temple of Jerusalem would be built on a large, flat rock? Could it be true that the high priest will someday enter into the Holy of Holies on a spot where oxen had trampled wheat? Yes, it is. It seems that God is showing us the dignity of toil and the importance of the simple place. God is saying He needs man at any place. There is no ground that is not holy. There is no day that is not sacred. There is no place where God will not meet man. God met Abraham under a tree, Moses by a bush, Noah in an ark, Adam in a garden, Jonah in a fish, Paul by the roadside, John Bunyan in jail, Jacob on a pile of stones, and Zacchaeus in a tree.
No arch can compare with God's rainbow. No ceiling can compare with the azure blue of the sky. No lamps can compare with the sun and the moon. No chandelier can compare with the stars at night. No masonry can equal the city whose twelve foundations are precious stones.
Make your place a holy place. However common it may be, God wants to meet you there. Meet Him.
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