[bible1year] Devotional comments on I Chron. 18-21

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From: glen_stewart@...
Date: 5 May 2016 11:42:35 -0000

        Israel had become a powerful nation. David had been elevated 
by the Lord to a great place of responsibility. As a result, David 
and the people became proud. David had forgotten that all the glory 
of the nation had come from the Lord. The lust of the flesh had led 
David to commit an awful sin with Bathsheba. Now, the lust of the 
eyes and the pride of life have urged him to number the people and 
glory in his greatness.

        David's sin was not in numbering the people. His sin was the 
motive which led him to number the people. His only purpose for 
numbering the people was to glory in himself. God never allows this. 
The Lord sent the pestilence. The whole nation of Israel paid for 
David's sin. This is a principle of life which cannot be escaped. 
Whenever a Christian sins other people are always hurt. "No man 
liveth unto himself." I recently heard an alcoholic say, "All the 
harm I do, I do to myself." This is not true. When a man sins, he 
hurts his wife and children. He hurts the society in which he lives. 
He grieves the Lord. He damages his own body, which is the temple of 
the Holy Spirit.

        God's grace is greater than all our sin. When David and the 
elders of Israel fell upon their faces in genuine repentance, God 
gave deliverance. The Lord instructed them to make a sacrifice on 
Ornan's threshing-floor. God accepted the sacrifice because it was 
made according to His Word. The judgment upon the people ceased.