THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE
1095 Devotional “Trips”!
Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.
Reading assignment: __2 Samuel 24:10-25
Focal verse(s): 2 Samuel 24:10: “Now David’s heart troubled him after he had numbered the people So David said to the LORD, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done. But now, O LORD, please take away the iniquity of Your servant, for I have acted very foolishly.”
When David learned the total of the census, he realized he had sinned against God because of his pride in wanting to know the size of his army, so he quickly repented. God sent Gad the prophet to David so he could choose 1 of 3 punishments for his sin: (1) 3 years of famine; (2) 3 months of enemy pursuit; or (3) 3 days of pestilence. David chose neither, instead throwing himself on God’s mercies. So God sent a plague that took 70,000 lives. Gad told David he must build an altar and make a sacrifice to God in order to stop the plague, and the altar must be built in a specific place: The threshing floor of a Jerusalem citizen named Araunah. When Araunah learned of David’s need for his threshing floor, he not only offered to give it to David, but to supply the wood for the sacrifices as well. In a beautiful gesture of worship, David said he could not sacrifice to God on land that he had not purchased. He therefore paid Araunah for the oxen and the threshing floor. In the same place where Abraham had offered Isaac, David built an altar and offered an atoning sacrifice to God, interceding on the peoples’ behalf, and the plague stopped. Solomon would later build his beautiful temple on this same location! (1 Chronicles 22:1; 2 Chronicles 3:1) Every time we sin against the Lord we must be prepared to accept His punishment, just as a child must be chastised by his parents in order to keep him upright.