Friday, 25th June 2021
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One: V1-9 Being Willful
God was angry at the Israelites and it stirred up David’s heart. We can be easily influenced by what others do that upset us or made us angry. Do not just see what other people did wrong but also ourselves, because our own willfulness and rebellious can also cause others to sin. When the census took place in Moses’ time, it was when God saved the Israelites in Passover, they were offering to God and it was the Levites, who were responsible in counting the people. But here David asked Joab to count them, which was very different from Moses’ time. Joab knew it was wrong but he had to listen to the authority so he still went.
The Israelites were disobedient, which stirred up David to take the wrong action. At the end it was the Israelites, who suffered. When we’re being willful with our lustful desires, letting our emotions out wildly without holding back, at the end we need to taste our own fruits of suffering.
Section Two: V10-17 Repent & Return
God asked David to do what Saul couldn’t do, to chase out the Philistines from the land of the Israelites. God’s Spirit reminded David of what he was anointed to do and therefore David repented. David admitted he was fool, he sinned against God and he repented wholeheartedly. God is faithful and when David woke up in the morning, God’s Word came to David through Gad, the Prophet.
After repentance and after we’re forgiven, we still need to pay the price and face the consequences of our mistakes. God gave David three choices. Famine of three years was a great punishment, which the Israelites would not be able to bear. But the enemy’s attack was also too hard for David since he’s been running away all his life from his enemy. David was wise, he knew if enemy attacked them it would bring great hardship for Israelites.
So God sent the plague at the place where the census took place. Israelites made God angry, they affected their authority to make the wrong decision, at the end they suffered and their hard work became useless.
David saw and prayed to God. He admitted his mistakes and prayed for the Israelites. But it was God who relented from his anger. David decided not to do anything to please men but only to please God and when David did the right thing, God listened to the Israelites’ prayers.
V18-25 Make Atonement & Be Forgiven
Why did God stopped the plague at the the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite? Because it was where Abraham offered Isaac to God. God remembered Hid covenant with Abraham, He is a covenant-keeping God. God sees the past the present and the future, only He knows what’s best for us, therefore our offering must be made at the right place appointed by God.
Do we know the meaning of Jesus’ sacrifice for us? Atonement brings forgiveness, but what’s our attitude towards making an atonement? We focus on how others wrong us without seeing our own mistakes. David realized his mistakes and he sought forgiveness from God, who listened and forgave David and his people. Are we willing to come boldly before God, to admit our mistakes and to make an atonement?
Prayer & Pursuit
Lord, we cannot stand by ourselves before You. We sinned against You and we sinned against people. But You’re full of Grace a d Mercy, we are not afraid to come before You and ask for Your forgiveness, help us not to sin in the same way anymore. Talk to us, Lord, and help us to listen to Your Word. Let us draw closer to Your heart. Amen.
V14 大卫的回答很有智慧 ，可惜这样的智慧若能用在犯罪之前，他们就不需要承受这罪的恶果。
V16-17 大卫知道耶和华是有丰盛怜悯的神，所以他向神祷告。“耶布斯人亚劳拿旳禾场”是一个很重要的地点，不仅出现在这一节(v.16)，后来也提到大卫在这里筑坛献祭（v.18, 25)。当执政掌权的人做对的事情时，神就会听下面的民众的祷告。