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Week 16 Day 6
The reason for the anger of God in the census story is not stated
But the fact that David sinned in ordering the census is clear
maybe the census suggests David's ego
his pride in the size
and scope of his kingdom
or that he was placing his confidence
in his military might
instead of trusting God
Whatever, David was called on it and
as is true of sin
During the plague, David's honor surfaced
like a shepherd with his sheep
David pleaded with God for his people.
The threshing floor became significant in Jewish history.
David wanted to build a house
for the Lord right there
on that spot
But God said "no" to David's desire
It remained for the next generation to fulfill this dream.
SIN AND A PLAGUE
The threshing floor that became Solomon's temple site. II Samuel 24
2The king said to Joab, "Go throughout all the tribes of
Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, and count the people, that I
may know the number." 33Joab said, "Why does the king
desire this thing?" 4Nevertheless the king's word prevailed.
8At the end of nine months 9Joab gave the number of
people to the king. There were in Israel eight hundred
thousand valiant men who drew the sword, and the men of
Judah were five hundred thousand men.
10David's heart condemned him after he had numbered
the people. So David said to the Lord, "I have sinned greatly
in what I have done; but now, I pray, O Lord, take away the
iniquity of Your servant, for I have done very foolishly."
11The word of the Lord came to the prophet Gad, saying,
12"Go tell David, 'Thus says the Lord: "I offer you three
things: choose one of them for yourself, that I may do it to
you."'" 13So Gad told David, "Shall seven years of famine
come to you in your land? Or shall you flee three months
before your enemies, while they pursue you? Or shall there
be three days' plague in your land?"
14David said to Gad, "I am in great distress. Please let
us fall into the hand of the Lord, for His mercies are great;
but do not let me fall into the hand of man." 15So the Lord
sent a plague upon Israel till the appointed time. From Dan
to Beersheba seventy thousand men of the people died.
16And when the angel stretched out His hand over Jerusalem,
the Lord relented, and said to the angel, "It is enough; now
restrain your hand." The angel was by the threshing floor
of Araunah the Jebusite.
17Then David spoke to the Lord, "Surely I have sinned,
and done wickedly; but these sheep, what have they done?
Let Your hand, I pray, be against me and against my house."
18Gad came that day to David and said, "Go up, erect an
altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Araunah." 22Now
Araunah said to David, "Take and offer up whatever seems
good. Here are oxen and the yokes of the oxen for wood."
24The king, "No, but I will surely buy it from you; nor will
I offer burnt offerings which costs me nothing." So David
bought the threshing floor and the oxen, 25and built there
an altar to the Lord, and offered burnt and peace offerings.
The Lord heeded the prayer; the plague was withdrawn. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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