In 1 Chronicles 21, we get a follow-up of 2 Samuel 24, where 1“the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah.” (2 Samuel 24:1) Of Which David did exactly what he thought was best at the time he felt this, but he knew in his heart that he did the wrong thing afterwards. However, how is this the case if God caused him to do this? The answer is he didn’t, but Satan. in 2 Chronicles 21, it reads, 2“and Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.” (2 Chronicles 21:1) Now, this may appear to be a contradiction, but it is far from it, my friends. Looking at the verses in detail, we see that this anger in David was really from Satan. The devil got permission from the Lord, like he did with Job, and tempted David to commit this sin, of which he fell for. David sent Joab to count all the people of Israel and Judah, of which he did and David later wished it never happened, and felt very bad because of what he did. The story continues and reads, 2“and God was displeased with this thing; therefore he smote Israel. And David said unto God, I have sinned greatly, because I have done this thing: but now, I beseech thee, do away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly.” (1 Chronicles 21:7,8) This then caused God to call the prophet Gad to come to David and for him to choose one of three punishments for his people. Those were, 2“either three years’ famine; or three months to be destroyed before thy foes, while that the sword of thine enemies overtaketh thee; or else three days the sword of the Lord, even the pestilence, in the land, and the angel of the Lord destroying throughout all the coasts of Israel. “ (1 Chronicles 21:12) This was a hard decision, but he knew exactly what to say.
David has no choice but to call out for mercy, after hearing this news from God, for the Lord God was very upset. Here, 2“David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let me fall now into the hand of the Lord; for very great are his mercies: but let me not fall into the hand of man. So the Lord sent pestilence upon Israel: and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men. And God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he was destroying, the Lord beheld, and he repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed, It is enough, stay now thine hand. And the angel of the Lord stood by the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite. And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of the Lord stand between the earth and the heaven, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders of Israel, who were clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces. And David said unto God, Is it not I that commanded the people to be numbered? even I it is that have sinned and done evil indeed; but as for these sheep, what have they done? let thine hand, I pray thee, O Lord my God, be on me, and on my father’s house; but not on thy people, that they should be plagued.” (1 Chronicles 21:13-17) Wow, the people were so sorry for all of their sins, along with David. It was also said that 2“David built there an altar unto the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings.” (1 Chronicles 21:26) This then caused God to tell the angel to put his sword away, for enough was enough. However, now knew that God’s wrath was real and was afraid of the angel. My friends, if you are in sin, don’t delay the day you repent, but get right with God. 3Jesus is returning with a sword as well, so be found on His side and not against Him, or else you also will be destroyed.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that people will begin to seek Your hand, that they may be able to distinguish right from wrong in this world. The devil is so crafty and more often then not makes things appear to be good on the outside, although his plans are filthy on the inside. This only leads people that fall for his schemes to be guilty and shameful afterwards. This temporary pleasure that we get from lust and worldly treasures are good for in moment that we indulge in them, but these actions always have consequences afterwards. We are not only racked because of our sins, but people around us are also hurt by what we’ve done. People may also feel used and not trust us anymore because of the choices we made. And I know that Your wrath is upon the wicked, but Your peace is upon the righteous. People living in sin ought to repent and come to You in prayer while asking for forgiveness, lest they die in their sins and have to face You in judgement. This will not be a fun time, but very fearful, for they did not know You and now know the place they will be sent to for all eternity. And knowing this Lord, it makes me very sad to think of all the millions of people that are in this same boat. This world has become so filthy, wretched, and wicked, and it will take a life change to come out of the mess people are in. It will take Your hand to pull people out of the mess they have caused. And for people to regain trust in them, it will take Your mighty hand to pierce the hearts of people to forgive them also. As You forgive us as sinners, we are to forgive others as well. We do this because we love You and want to be forgiven ourselves. Who is it for us to keep grudges when You don’t do this when we repent? So lead us on Your path, which leads to heaven. May we depart from evil and get in right standing with You, starting today. I believe in You. I trust You. I love You, Lord. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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