Posted by: Chris Avery | September 7, 2008

The Mercy of God in 2 Samuel

Thank you to Matt from CABS for sharing this.

Read 2 Samuel 24:10-13

Of the 3 options, what would you have done in David’s position?

10Now David’s heart troubled him after he had numbered the people So David said to the LORD, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done But now, O LORD, please take away the iniquity of Your servant, for I have acted very foolishly.”

 11When David arose in the morning, the word of the LORD came to the prophet Gad, David’s seer, saying,

 12“Go and speak to David, ‘Thus the LORD says, “I am offering you three things; choose for yourself one of them, which I will do to you.”‘”

 13So Gad came to David and told him, and said to him, “Shall seven years of famine come to you in your land? Or will you flee three months before your foes while they pursue you? Or shall there be three days’ pestilence in your land? Now consider and see what answer I shall return to Him who sent me.”

 I personally chose the three days of pestilence. It sounds horrible, and I probably truly don’t know the meaning or enormity of pestilence… but 3 days of suffering seems a little better than the others.

David also chose the third option, but he had a different motive.

 14Then David said to Gad, “I am in great distress. Let us now fall into the hand of the LORD for His mercies are great, but do not let me fall into the hand of man.”

David asks for God’s mercy. Because of David’s sin, many people did die, but God did have mercy on them and stopped the pestilence.

25David built there an altar to the LORD and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. Thus the LORD was moved by prayer for the land, and the plague was held back from Israel.

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