Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 24.1-14

2 Samuel 24.1-14
Now again the anger of the Lord burned against Israel, and it incited David against them to say, “Go, number Israel and Judah.” 2 The king said to Joab the commander of the army who was with him, “Go about now through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, and register the people, that I may know the number of the people.” 3 But Joab said to the king, “Now may the Lord your God add to the people a hundred times as many as they are, while the eyes of my lord the king still see; but why does my lord the king delight in this thing?” 4 Nevertheless, the king’s word prevailed against Joab and against the commanders of the army. So Joab and the commanders of the army went out from the presence of the king to register the people of Israel. 5 They crossed the Jordan and camped in Aroer, on the right side of the city that is in the middle of the valley of Gad and toward Jazer. 6 Then they came to Gilead and to the land of Tahtim-hodshi, and they came to Dan-jaan and around to Sidon, 7 and came to the fortress of Tyre and to all the cities of the Hivites and of the Canaanites, and they went out to the south of Judah, to Beersheba. 8 So when they had gone about through the whole land, they came to Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twenty days. 9 And Joab gave the number of the registration of the people to the king; and there were in Israel eight hundred thousand valiant men who drew the sword, and the men of Judah were five hundred thousand men. 10 Now David’s heart troubled him after he had numbered the people. So David said to the Lord, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done. But now, O Lord, please take away the iniquity of Your servant, for I have acted very foolishly.” 11 When David arose in the morning, the word of the Lord came to the prophet Gad, David’s seer, saying, 12 “Go and speak to David, ‘Thus the Lord says, “I am offering you three things; choose for yourself one of them, which I will do to you.”’” 13 So Gad came to David and told him, and said to him, “Shall seven years of famine come to you in your land? Or will you flee three months before your foes while they pursue you? Or shall there be three days’ pestilence in your land? Now consider and see what answer I shall return to Him who sent me.” 14 Then David said to Gad, “I am in great distress. Let us now fall into the hand of the Lord for His mercies are great, but do not let me fall into the hand of man.”

Today we read the story of David, a man after God’s own heart, falling short and the results of his actions. The story starts off telling us God is angry with Israel as they once again have put other things in front of The Great I Am.  To some extent this includes David as he orders a census; instead of trusting God for protection, he relies on numbers and statistics.

David comes to his senses, but after the fact.  He confesses and repents, but as Paul tells us in Colossians 3:25, “For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality.”  God let’s David decide the punishment for his actions (sin).

Our take away from today is to remember that God is slow to anger and is abundant in loving kindness, that He forgives sin; but He will not take away the consequences of that sin. May we be like Timothy and be diligent presenting ourselves approved to God as workmen who do not need to be ashamed, but may we be able to accurately handle God’s word of truth and daily deny ourselves, take up Christ’s cross and follow Jesus.

Weekly Memory Verse: For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; 1 Thessalonians 4:3