I have been reading the Old Testament again.
I’ve come to the part where David decided to take a census.
The exact phrasing is: “Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census.”
Just before this, God had blessed David by establishing his kingdom and even making his promise that David’s line would reign forever.
Just when we think we’ve got it sewn up, Satan walks in.
Why would God “allow” Satan to provoke David to take a census?
When the wrath of God comes because David chose to do this, he gives David a choice (first and only time in scripture, man got to “choose” his punishment). David chooses to “fall into the hands of the Lord, for His mercy is very great…..”
For three days Israel was plagued, literally, and Jerusalem was being destroyed when David went before God and reminded him that he, David, was the one that had ordered the census, not “these sheep”.
Thousands died due to one man’s sin, WHICH if we look at it the way the commentators do, was part of God’s plan all along!!
(Job lost all his children, and everything he owned—because God allowed Satan to cause trouble.)
WHY DOES HE DO THAT!!!???
Why does he allow Satan to tempt, lead astray, causing us to fall, maybe even destroying us?
Believe it or not, this is a small picture of God’s mercy toward mankind. A few thousands died in the three day period of punishment for David’s sin-----all of mankind would die for Adam’s sin.
*The sacrifice made that day on the threshing floor of Ornan, was in the exact spot where Abraham had planned to sacrifice Isaac, before God stopped him.
*It was a forerunner to the ultimate sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ for the sins of the entire world--it stayed God's hand.
*The location of the threshing floor which David paid a large price to purchase that day, and where he would continue to sacrifice later became the location of the temple mount; the spot where his son Solomon would build the great and magnificant Temple of God.
When I read this I have to believe and know that God knows what He is doing when sorrow, hardship, and heartache come. I have to believe that through examples like this He shows us His self control and, yes, His love – God plans ahead --- scripture reveals it.
If I keep all this in my heart and am mindful of this perspective (an eternal perspective) then I can find myself trusting Him more for the plans He has for us……
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
God has plans……………….