The nation of Israel sinned and the Lord sent a plague throughout the land by an angel. As the judgment angel reached the city of Jerusalem, David offered himself as a substitute for God’s sheep (Second Samuel 24:17). The Lord stopped the plague right there. David had learned personally the high price of sin and willingly offered to bear God’s judgment in his own body to save his people.
There, where David offered himself as a substitute for his sheep, also stood the visible angel of the Lord (First Chronicles 21:16). On that plot of ground, God’s mercy perfectly met God’s judgment.
For a very steep price, David bought all the land and animals where the plague had ended. Araunah the farmer offered the land to David for free, but David refused to give God something that cost him nothing. Whatever he gave to God in thanksgiving had to be a sacrificial offering (Romans 12:1-2).
Araunah’s threshing floor was on Mount Moriah, the place where Abraham offered Isaac unto the Lord a thousand years earlier (Genesis 22). The threshing floor, the exact place where mercy met judgment, was the exact place David’s son Solomon would later build the temple altar of sacrifice for sin (First Chronicles 22:1).
A thousand years after David, Jesus gave His life to stop the plague of sin destroying the human race. He bore the judgment of God against sin in His own body. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep (John 10:11).