2 Samuel 21-24
Ch 21 David aided in writing a wrong of Saul with the Gibionites by handing over 7 of Saul’s male descendants while maintaining his promise to Jonathan. Then there were a series of battles.
Ch 22 contains David’s song of praise to the Lord.
Ch 23 contains David’s last words and various conquests of some of David’s mightiest warriors whose victories were attributed to God.
Ch 24 God incited David to take a census but afterwards David realizes he sinned and asks for forgiveness. He had options and chose plagues for 3 days which killed 70,000 people. David asks the Lord to kill him instead and he built an altar to the Lord.
2 Samuel 24:1
Again the anger of the Lord burned against Israel, and he incited David against them, saying, “Go and take a census of Israel and Judah.”
I picked this scripture because God incited David and the actions followed resulted in so many casualties. It is hard for me to see God in this way. God’s anger resulted in harm, which happens often in the Bible, and it makes me fear the Lord even though fear of the Lord is a good thing it helps me to know who God is and his power.
How does what you read change your vision of yourself and others?
Knowing this scripture, I am fearful and confused about how God uses his power. I am wondering if he uses it in this same way today for his own agenda whether that is to humble or to strengthen or to refresh or to renew or to bring our focus back to him. Those that endure this in the Bible never seem to enjoy the outcome and I wouldn’t want to be that person in those moments, however; David’s confidence in God is admirable.
How will you go with God because of this reading? (What is an action step)
This makes me just want to please God and to glorify him in everything I do. To not disobey or cause him anger. To love him by learning to know his will and show him proper respect. I may not have a prophet here to go to but I can pray to see him more clearly or seek him in his word.
Where did you see Jesus in these chapters?
When David built the altar, Araunah offered him oxen to use for the burnt offering but David wanted to pay for them. David’s heart was to make sure the offering was a sacrifice for himself. He wanted to feel the cost of his sin. This reminded me of when Jesus did not take the gall so that he could feel everything and the burden of it all while he was on the cross. David also paid more for the oxen than what Judas paid to betray Jesus. Even that makes me think how much greater a betrayal that was, Jesus wasn’t even traded for more than an ox.