April 3

2 Samuel 22-24, Psalm 93

After David fell mightily in 2 Samuel 11, though receiving earthly consequences for his actions, it seems like he was for the most part following God strongly. Now we get to chapter 24, and you want to yell , “Don’t do it! Stop! Not again!”. We read of David’s decision to take a census of Israel and Judah in 2 Samuel 24:2-3, “So the king said to Joab the commander of the army who was with him, “Now go throughout all the tribes of Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, and count the people, that I may know the number of the people.”And Joab said to the king, “Now may the Lord your God add to the people a hundred times more than there are, and may the eyes of my lord the king see it. But why does my lord the king desire this thing?” 1 Chronicles 21 gives more behind this sin, that he was tempted by Satan and was probably moved by pride. We read in1 Chronicles 21:1, “Now Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel.” This serves as an example for us. We are never walking so strong that we are out of danger. Our enemy Satan, has no ceasefires. We read in 1 Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” We all want to finish strong for God. By the way, an excellent book called “Finishing Strong ” by Joseph Farrar discusses this.

In Romans, Paul says in 7:15, “For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do”. 7:24, Paul concludes this section of thought with, ” O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” Then we see our hope in 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus…”.

David is so relatable because like him we are all flawed and sin often. In 2 Samuel 24:10, we read, “And David’s heart condemned him after he numbered the people. So David said to the Lord, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done; but now, I pray, Oh Lord, take away the iniquity of Your servant, for I have done very foolishly.” David in 2 Samuel 24:11-13 was given 3 options for punishment. How thankful we should be for Jesus and the promise in Romans 8:1, that he took our punishment and we receive the grace we are so undeserving of. Because of this sin, whenever I ask women in the Orthodox Jewish community how many grandchildren they have, they decline to answer and give a vague reply; they will not number their grandchildren.

The walk of faith is a dynamic one. Each day we make a conscious and deliberate decision to take one step closer or further away in our walk with God. If we think we can just be static or stable, we are mistaken. If we think we are walking so strongly that we are safe, beware for our pride will weaken us and render us vulnerable. We must keep our eyes steadily on Him in each and every situation of our lives.

As an aside, the threshing floor that David purchased at the end of the chapter becomes the Temple Mount for the future Temple.

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

Aaron Salvato