Sunday, May 1, 2016
Sunday, May 1st - 2 Samuel 24:1-17, 1 Chronicles 21:7-17, 2 Samuel 24:18-25, 1 Chronicles 21:18-22:19 - Kelora
Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 2 Samuel 24:1-17, 1 Chronicles 21:7-17, 2 Samuel 24:18-25, 1 Chronicles 21:18-22:19
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: 1 Chronicles 23-25
A few things stood out for me in these passages.
The first 2 passages tell us about David taking a census of his army. Since the land was at peace at this time there was no reason for David to take a census. He was even discouraged to do this as well. David sinned by following through with this census. In my Application Bible it said “David’s sin was pride and ambition in counting the people so that he could glory in the size of his nation and army, its power and defenses. By doing this, he put his faith in the size of his army rather than in God’s ability to protect them regardless of their number.” This can also relate to us today if we put our faith in our possessions or money as well. We need to remember to rely on God.
David realizes his guilt and pleads for forgiveness from God. There are always consequences for our actions and this is no different for David. He is given 3 choices for punishment and he chooses the plaque punishment which results in 70,000 people dying for David’s decision. This shows me how our actions can affect others around us and I need to think carefully when making decisions.
The other thing that stood out to me was when David was told by God that his son Solomon would build the temple. Even though David must have been disappointed he accepted this and he made preparations for Solomon to be able to build this temple with all the materials being gathered for him. In my Life Application Bible this part of the passage can relate to current day as well for us. It said “We should take steps now to prepare the way for our children to find and fulfill God’s purpose. Sooner or later our children will have to make their own decisions, but we can help by supplying them with the proper tools: showing them how to pray and study God’s Word, the difference between right and wrong, and the importance of church involvement.”