Sunday, October 3, 2021

The DAY the ANGEL resheathed his SWORD

 

1 John 2:16

King James Version

16 For all that is in the world, 

the lust of the flesh, 

and the lust of the eyes, 

and the pride of life, 

is not of the Father, 

but is of the world.


This is a story about GOD, the Father; David, the king; Joab, the captain; Gad, the seer; God's avenging angel; and Ornan, the Jebusite.

David had sinned greatly against the Lord again.

We've written about his other sin committed against one of his faithful soldiers.

All because of lust.

Now, he sins because Satan caused him to sin.

This time, it's of pride.

1 Chronicles 21:1-2

King James Version

21 And Satan stood up against Israel, 

and provoked David to number Israel.

2 And David said to Joab 

and to the rulers of the people, 

Go, 

number Israel from Beersheba even to Dan; 

and bring the number of them to me, 

that I may know it.


To which, Joab replied:

1 Chronicles 21:3

King James Version

3 And Joab answered, 

The Lord make his people an hundred times 

so many more as they be: 

but, my lord the king, 

are they not all my lord's servants? 

why then doth my lord require this thing? 

why will he be a cause of trespass to Israel?


Nevertheless, he served the king, and had to obey.

But one thing Joab wouldn't do:

1 Chronicles 21:6

King James Version

6 But Levi and Benjamin counted he not among them: 

for the king's word was abominable to Joab.


It was abominable to Joab, for the tribe of Levi, were appointed priests by God. meant to serve Him.

The tribe of Benjamin, came from Jacob -- patriarch of the Israelites -- who God renamed Israel.

It shows how Joab's heart was right with the Lord, even as he served a king appointed by God.

So, how did God respond to David's numbering of Israel?

Exactly as Joab feared.

1 Chronicles 21:7

King James Version

7 And God was displeased with this thing; 

therefore he smote Israel.


Repentant, David sought the Lord.

1 Chronicles 21:8

King James Version

8 And David said unto God, 

I have sinned greatly, 

because I have done this thing: 

but now, 

I beseech thee, 

do away the iniquity of thy servant; 

for I have done very foolishly.


God responded through Gad, the seer.

1 Chronicles 21:9-12

King James Version

9 And the Lord spake unto Gad, 

David's seer, 

saying,

10 Go and tell David, 

saying, 

Thus saith the Lord, 

I offer thee three things: 

choose thee one of them, 

that I may do it unto thee.

11 So Gad came to David,

 and said unto him, 

Thus saith the Lord, 

Choose thee

12 Either three years' famine

or three months to be destroyed before thy foes

while that the sword of thine enemies overtaketh thee; 

or else three days the sword of the Lord, 

even the pestilence, 

in the land

and the angel of the Lord destroying throughout 

all the coasts of Israel

Now therefore advise thyself 

what word I shall bring again 

to him that sent me.


David just asked one thing:

1 Chronicles 21:13

King James Version

13 And David said unto Gad, 

I am in a great strait

let me fall now into the hand of the Lord; 

for very great are his mercies: 

but let me not fall into the hand of man.


God did as he asked.

1 Chronicles 21:14-15

King James Version

14 So the Lord sent pestilence upon Israel: 

and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men.

15 And God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it: 

and as he was destroying, 

the Lord beheld, 

and he repented him of the evil, 

and said to the angel that destroyed, 

It is enough, 

stay now thine hand

And the angel of the Lord stood 

by the threshingfloor of Ornan 

the Jebusite.


Seeing the consequences of his sin, David repents, and appeals to God to spare his people.

1 Chronicles 21:16-17

King James Version

16 And David lifted up his eyes, 

and saw the angel of the Lord 

stand between the earth 

and the heaven, 

having a drawn sword in his hand 

stretched out over Jerusalem

Then David and the elders of Israel, 

who were clothed in sackcloth, 

fell upon their faces.

17 And David said unto God, 

Is it not I that commanded the people 

to be numbered? 

even I it is that have sinned 

and done evil indeed; 

but as for these sheep, 

what have they done? 

let thine hand, 

I pray thee, 

O Lord my God, 

be on me, 

and on my father's house; 

but not on thy people, 

that they should be plagued.


This time, the angel speaks through Gad.

1 Chronicles 21:18

King James Version

18 Then the angel of the Lord commanded Gad 

to say to David, 

that David should go up, 

and set up an altar unto the Lord 

in the threshingfloor of Ornan 

the Jebusite.


Which David accomplished.

1 Chronicles 21:26

King James Version

26 And David built there an altar 

unto the Lord

and offered burnt offerings 

and peace offerings, 

and called upon the Lord; 

and he answered him from heaven 

by fire upon the altar of burnt offering.


And God commanded His angel to resheath his sword.

1 Chronicles 21:27

King James Version

27 And the Lord commanded the angel; 

and he put up his sword again 

into the sheath thereof.


In repentance, David offers a sacrifice at the altar.

1 Chronicles 21:28

King James Version

28 At that time when David saw 

that the Lord had answered him 

in the threshingfloor of Ornan 

the Jebusite, 

then he sacrificed there.


But one thing David wouldn't do, for great fear, and possibly, shame.

1 Chronicles 21:29-30

King James Version

29 For the tabernacle of the Lord, 

which Moses made in the wilderness, 

and the altar of the burnt offering, 

were at that season 

in the high place at Gibeon.

30 But David could not go before it 

to enquire of God: 

for he was afraid 

because of the sword 

of the angel of the Lord.


God sends His angels to punish pride, and wickedness.

Nearly two months ago, we wrote of the destruction ONE angel is capable of, as commanded by God.

Angels serve God, and they are not to be worshiped.

One angel admonished apostle John, himself:

Revelation 19:10

King James Version

10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. 

And he said unto me, 

See thou do it not: 

I am thy fellowservant

and of thy brethren 

that have the testimony of Jesus: 

worship God: 

for the testimony of Jesus 

is the spirit of prophecy.


What do we get from this post?

-- GOD is REAL.

-- Sin is real.

-- Punishment is real.

-- Angels are real.

-- Angels have swords.

-- One angel can wreak great destruction.

-- Angels do the will of God.

-- We are to please God.

-- We are not to number His people.


As the LORD JESUS once told apostle Peter:

John 21:20-22

King James Version

20 Then Peter, 

turning about, 

seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; 

which also leaned on his breast at supper, 

and said, 

Lord, 

which is he that betrayeth thee?

21 Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, 

Lord, 

and what shall this man do?

22 Jesus saith unto him

If I will that he tarry till I come, 

what is that to thee

follow thou me.


Pretty much how JESUS admonished his parents, when they looked for Him, and He was at the temple:

Luke 2:49

King James Version

49 And he said unto them, 

How is it that ye sought me? 

wist ye not 

that I must be about my Father's business?


All tantamount to saying, we are not to be concerned with such things, which only the LORD should be concerned about.

We are simply to TRUST Him COMPLETELY.

In everything.


Related material:

DAVID's sin

The CONSEQUENCES of DAVID's sin

DAVID asks GOD for FORGIVENESS

GRACE from GOD

SPIRIT of GOD

On ANGELS

On sin


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