—”2 Samuel 24:25 (NASB)
One of the most misunderstood biblical traditions is the sacrifices. Perhaps we’re too quick to look at it as a form of currency. On the surface it appears to be the payment that is required for sin so it’s easy to reason, “Make the payment, be forgiven.” But God was not so moved by David’s “burnt offerings and peace offerings”, but “by prayer for the land”. The sacrifices are supposed to be the final, visible evidence of a heart wholly returned and committed exclusively to God.