The free Option!!!
We’ve heard the quote- ‘its better to give than to receive’? well I say ‘ its better to buy than to receive’. Hey it’s my own opinion. I just have this conviction (personal I must stress) that I would rather love to afford a car, House, or whatever I want than to have them given me as a gift. I believe it is a higher blessing, to buy than to receive…
Reading through Genesis 23, that’s the account of how Abraham insisted on buying Sarah’s burial place from the Hittites rather than to receive it as a gift (even though it was offered), made me think more about it. The same principle applies to King David’s sacrificing at the threshing floor of Araunah (2Sam 24). David also would not take the property for free, the relationships between the people involved not withstanding-
(Abraham was apparently close pals with the Hittites- and what’s a gift from one friend to another? Especially in the face of such loss as Abraham had just suffered-,
David was KING, so it would have been a mere matter of formality to have collected the property for free- this would have even been an honour and privilege for the owner, to be of service to the king.
But with Abraham- for posterity, and David- for reverence of God, neither took the free option… Think about it! But again it’s just my opinion (and it doesn’t mean I don’t accept gifts lol)