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May 24, 2018

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Reading along with us in 2 Samuel? Here’s today’s reading:

2 Samuel 24 (ESV)

Again the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he incited David against them, saying, “Go, number Israel and Judah.” So the king said to Joab, the commander of the army, who was with him, “Go through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, and number the people, that I may know the number of the people.” But Joab said to the king, “May the Lord your God add to the people a hundred times as many as they are, while the eyes of my lord the king still see it, but why does my lord the king delight in this thing?” But the king’s word prevailed against Joab and the commanders of the army. So Joab and the commanders of the army went out from the presence of the king to number the people of Israel. They crossed the Jordan and began from Aroer, and from the city that is in the middle of the valley, toward Gad and on to Jazer. Then they came to Gilead, and to Kadesh in the land of the Hittites; and they came to Dan, and from Dan they went around to Sidon, and came to the fortress of Tyre and to all the cities of the Hivites and Canaanites; and they went out to the Negeb of Judah at Beersheba. So when they had gone through all the land, they came to Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twenty days. And Joab gave the sum of the numbering of the people to the king: in Israel there were 800,000 valiant men who drew the sword, and the men of Judah were 500,000.....Continue Reading

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  1. 3But Joab said to the king, “May the Lord your God add to the people a hundred times as many as they are, while the eyes of my lord the king still see it, but why does my lord the king delight in this thing?” 4But the king’s word prevailed against Joab and the commanders of the army

    Peter, why after the Lord incites David to number the men, and he doesn’t listen to Joab’s advice, does God punish the act?

  2. If you look at 1 Chronicles 21, you see that it was actually satan that incited David to do this and 2 Samuel realizes that even when satan does something it is with God’s permission. It seems as if David’s counting is about pride and trusting in his own strength. Might Joab have seen that and therefore said what he did? David’s pride is heightened in his rejection of Joab’s counsel.. This time Joab causes David to look in the mirror, David does not humble himself as in times past.

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