Text: 1 Chronicles 21-23; Song of Songs 3
King David is incited to take a census of the people. The Lord brings consequences as the census apparently is the sin of self reliance and pride. David is offered three options for the punishment – famine, devastation by foes, or pestilence. All have grave impact on not only David, but the people of the nation. David puts himself at the mercy of God and a plague comes. It kills 700,000 people. Think about that. The sin of the one man ruins the lives of the many. David pleads thus:
And David said to God, “Was it not I who gave command to number the people? It is I who have sinned and done great evil. But these sheep, what have they done? Please let your hand, O Lord my God, be against me and against my father’s house. But do not let the plague be on your people.” (1 Chronicles 21:17)
An important truth about our sin is before us here. Our sin has consequences for not only ourselves, but for many others. Our sin is always bigger than we think. Next time temptation comes calling, pause and consider this truth. In the moment you may not know how or when, but that sin will hurt many.
in Him, Mike