Text: 2 Samuel 24:1-17 – David takes a census, seemingly out of pride, to quantify the might of his army.
David’s “Other” Sin
- Remain vigilant in the midst of success snd prosperity.
- Maintain a sensitive conscience.David is unique in that when he is confronted with sin, he turns to God in repentance.This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith, among whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme. (1 Timothy 1:18-20 ESV)
- Be careful where you put your trust. Sports, music, money, career, significant other, etc – can all be gone in a moment.
- Agree with God about your sin.
The Real Issue
- The people had sinned, not just David.
- God sought an occasion to bring judgment against them.
- David stepped forward to stand in the gap.
- A sacrifice was offered in Jerusalem to make atonement for the people.
Then Solomon began to build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to David his father, at the place that David had appointed, on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. (2 Chronicles 3:1 ESV)
So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.” (Genesis 22:14 ESV)
David’s Greater Son (Jesus)
Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” (Revelation 5:1-5 ESV)
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