“Now Ornan turned and saw the angel; and his four sons who were with him hid themselves, but Ornan continued threshing wheat” (1 Chronicles 21.20 NKJV).
King David’s reign had become mighty, and he decided to take a census of Israel against God’s wishes. Since censuses have been done in the past without dire consequences, it could be assumed that David’s motives instigating this particular census found in 1 Chronicles 21 and in 2 Samuel 24 were not pure. Pride was probably the main motivator of this census, and God sent an angel to destroy Israel (21.15). David wasn’t the only one who saw the angel standing between heaven and earth with his sword drawn over Jerusalem (21.16). Ornan the Jebusite (Jebusites originally built Jerusalem before they were conquered by the Israelites) saw the angel. Ornan (aka Araunah) was threshing wheat (separating the edible grain from the inedible chaff) on his threshing floor upon the top of Mount Moriah (the place that Abraham took Isaac for the foreshadowing sacrifice of Jesus). Ornan’s four sons who were threshing with him ran and hid from the angel, but Ornan continued his work of threshing. He didn’t let fear stop him from what he was called to do. Since Ornan was threshing, he was able to offer David the wood, the animals and the location for the sacrifice that would eventually sheath the angel’s sword. Ornan was paid greatly for his land (that eventually would become the site for God’s temple built by Solomon) and his name would be recorded in history. Our lives are intertwined by the lives of others; and we may see and feel the consequences of their mistakes. However, if our motives and hearts are pure, we do not have hide from God. God will protect us within life’s storms; and if we diligently continue the work that He has called us to, trusting His will for our lives and not fearing the storms around us, our work will be rewarded.
“Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love” (1 John 4.18 NLT).