- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read 2 Samuel 24
David’s census of Israel and Judah.
Chapter 24 recalls David’s failures and the price the nations paid for them (2 Samuel 11-18), and it concludes with a new story of David’s sin endangering the people.
God punished Israel for what David did at God’s urging. Why does God show anger against David, and why should it have been considered sinful to make census of Israel and Judah?
No explanation was given for why the census was sinful. It might be that the census suggested that the people were the king’s to number and use rather than God’s priestly kingdom and holy nation.
David’s sincere confession was accepted to God. However, he had to deal with consequence with three punishments he had to choose. David chose three days of plague in the land, begging for the mercy of God.
David built an altar to commemorate the divine visitation. “The threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite later became the site of King Solomon’s temple (1 Chronicle 22:1). The acquisition of this holy place, and building of an altar, and a sacrifice were regarded as sufficient expiation to avert the plague from Israel.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2.What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?
This is my last writing on this blog on the Stream of Healing.