05
Aug
11

Which Choice Would You Make?

David commits the sin of not being fully reliant on the Lord, by asking for a census of the Israelite nation in today’s passage.  Was this a lack of trust in God’s ability to do whatever He wills, regardless of the number of His people?

Then David said to God, “I have sinned greatly by doing this. Now, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing.”

The LORD said to Gad, David’s seer, “Go and tell David, ‘This is what the LORD says: I am giving you three options. Choose one of them for me to carry out against you.’”

So Gad went to David and said to him, “This is what the LORD says: ‘Take your choice:  three years of famine, three months of being swept away before your enemies, with their swords overtaking you, or three days of the sword of the LORD—days of plague in the land, with the angel of the LORD ravaging every part of Israel.’ Now then, decide how I should answer the one who sent me.”  — 1 Chronicles 21:8-12

Which would you choose, knowing what you know of what God can do with his mighty angels (witness the deeds done to Egypt in the tenth plague)?

David said to Gad, “I am in deep distress. Let me fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy is very great; but do not let me fall into the hands of men.”   — 2 Chronicles 21:13

David chooses the shortest path – but oh, what God can do!  The Bible tells us that 70,000 men died of the plague during these three days.  David’s instincts, though, appear to be right, because just as the angel was poised to strike Jerusalem, God took pity and relented.  Mere men would not have been so merciful.

So the LORD sent a plague on Israel, and seventy thousand men of Israel fell dead.  And God sent an angel to destroy Jerusalem. But as the angel was doing so, the LORD saw it and was grieved because of the calamity and said to the angel who was destroying the people, “Enough! Withdraw your hand.” The angel of the LORD was then standing at the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.  — 2 Chronicles 21:14-15

Once again, David appears to have made the right choice, because he knows God better than most.

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2 Responses to “Which Choice Would You Make?”


  1. August 5, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Wow… just reading this shakes me. What a horrible choice to have to make.


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