Today’s reading is: 2 Sam. 24; 1 Chr. 21:1-22:19
2nd Samuel Chapter Twenty-Four
- God’s anger is indicated as the “cause” for the events of this chapter (2nd Sam. 24:1).
- The specific provocation is not indicated, but Israel was obviously living in a manner inconsistent with the Lord’s holiness.
- The Lord’s judgment upon a wicked nation sometimes takes the form of a wicked ruler (Dan. 4:17), or sometimes takes the form of a bad decision by a good ruler (2nd Sam. 24:1; 2nd Kgs. 18:3-6,cp.20:12-15; 2nd Kgs. 23:25,cp.v.29).
- God allowed for Satanic influence to motivate David’s activity (1st Chr. 21:1).
- David desired to take a census of Israel as an evaluation of his military might, and even wicked Joab knew it was a bad idea (2nd Sam. 24:2-9).
- David immediately recognized his involvement in sinful activity, and confessed his sin immediately (2nd Sam. 24:10).
- God’s judgment upon Israel is tempered by the Godly king that He established to guide Israel through their Divine discipline (2nd Sam. 24:11-14).
- God’s judgment upon Israel serves a variety of purposes.
- Corrective discipline (2nd Sam. 24:15).
- Instructive direction (2nd Sam. 24:16-25; 2nd Chr. 3:1-2).
1st Chronicles Chapter Twenty-One
- Chapter 21 details David’s sin at the end of his life in numbering Israel (1st Chr. 21:1-30; 2nd Sam. 24:1-25).
- Satan gives personal attention to Godly national leaders (1st Chr. 21:1; Job 1:3,9-11).
- As the Adversary (1st Pet. 5:8) Satan “stood up against” Israel. He implemented a hostile plan and program.
- As the Tempter (Matt. 4:3) Satan “moved” David to number Israel. He implanted a temptation or desire.
- Temptations are not sin (Heb. 4:15).
- Believers must exercise their volition to reject or submit to the temptation (Jas. 1:13-15).
- Satan “puts into the heart” his purposes (Jn. 13:2).
- Satan “fills the heart” with his temptations (Acts 5:3).
- Such thought implantation makes it vital that believers take every thought captive (2nd Cor. 10:5).
- David repented & confessed, and was given three options for Divine discipline (1st Chr. 21:7-12).
- David didn’t choose any option. He simply left himself in the mercy of God (v.13).
- The LORD’s Divine discipline on Israel was death through pestilence by the sword of the LORD (1st Chr. 21:14-17).
- David purchases the threshing floor of Ornan, and builds an altar there to stop the plague of God upon Israel (1st Chr. 21:18-22). This very place had been where Abraham offered Isaac, and will later be the location for Solomon’s temple (2nd Chr. 3:1).
1st Chronicles Chapter Twenty-Two
- David obtained the funding for Solomon’s temple (1st Chr. 18:7-8,11), hired the contractors and gathered the building supplies (1st Chr. 22:1-5,14-16).
- 100,000 talents of gold = 7,500,000 pounds of gold. 109,374,750 troy oz. @ $314.00 per oz. (2002) = $34.3 billion. @$1950.00 per oz. (2022) = $213.3 billion.
- 1,000,000 talents of silver = 75,000,000 pounds of silver. 1,093,747,500 troy oz. @ $4.66 per oz. (2002) = $5.1 billion. @ $25.00 per oz. (2022) = $27.4 billion.
“It would be pointless to try to express the value of such an amount of silver and gold in terms relevant to today.” Roddy Braun, Word Biblical Commentary, Vol. 14.
- David urged his son to fulfill the LORD’s purpose for his life as the King of Peace (1st Chr. 22:6-13).
- David urged the Tribal elders of Israel to support their young king in his building project for the LORD (1st Chr. 22:17-19).