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

            everybody suffers 


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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