Good Morning Warrior!
Word for the Day:
(2 Samuel 24)
“The Sting of Death is sin”
Text: 2 Samuel 24:10
“And David’s heart condemned him after he had numbered the people. So David said to the LORD, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done; but now, I pray, O LORD, take away the iniquity of Your servant, for I have done very foolishly.”
“The Sting of Death is sin,” is on our menu for Breakfast this morning.
This is what David’s heart felt after he had numbered Israel - the Sting of Death had condemned his heart for this sin. David “numbered” what did not belong to him.
The principle of numbering points to God’s Ownership of the people of Israel (Exod.30:11-16).
By numbering Israel David was treated Israel as belonging to him, not God. This is what condemned David’s heart!
The only acceptable response to The Stinger of Death is Immediate Confession and Repentance; and this is what King David did. He took Personal Responsibility for his sin, as a Shepherd of God’s People:
“Then David spoke to the LORD when he saw the angel who was striking the people, and said, “Surely I have sinned, and I have done wickedly; but these sheep, what have they done? Let Your hand, I pray, be against me and against my father’s house.” (2 Sam.24:17).
The judgement of the plague comes and is completed when “the ransom” of the burnt offering for sin is given by King David and the peace offering for the restoration of fellowship is celebrated in worship by King David at the threshing floor of Araunah.
Our take away lesson from this event is to Maintain a Shepherd’s Heart that is circumcised and sensitive to “the stinger of sin!” Like a bee sting!! This heart will respond immediately with confession and repentance…… and apply the “ransom” of the burnt offering provided by God’s Word:
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”(1John 1:9).
And then we Celebrate and Worship with the Peace Offering Provided By Our Commander Jesus Christ, the Peacemaker! Oh Hallelujah!
This was the life of King David from beginning to end; turning the event of his sin and it’s punishment into an event of Worship and Praise for the Wonderful Work of God’s Love, Grace, and Mercy! Ooooh Rah!
Yes, the sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.
“But Thanks Be To God, Who Gives Us The Victory Through Our Lord Jesus Christ!” (1Corin.15:54-57). Ooooh Rah!
Warrior at your side,
Jesus and Billy