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David: A Man After God’s Own Heart – Sermon #23
2 Samuel 24:1-15
DAVID’S GREATEST SIN
Intro: When we survey the life of David, we often think of him in terms of his sin with Bathsheba and the subsequent murder of her husband Uriah. Most of us would pinpoint that one event in time and David’s life and declare that it was his low point. But, the text before us finds David in another period of sin.
was a middle aged man when he sinned with Bathsheba. Like many men David’s age, he gave in to lust
and committed adultery in an effort to reclaim a vanishing youth. (
We might think that as we grow older this thing will get easier; that we will get a handle on the flesh and we will be able to live above sin. Dream on my friends! The sins that tempt you today may not tempt you when age comes creeping in, but I am certain that there will be a whole bunch of others sins just waiting to take their place.
I would like for us to spend a little time in this passage today. I want to examine David’s Greatest Sin. As we looks at the lessons that are taught in this passage, we can see how to handle our sin when it comes calling. So, let’s take a little time today to look at these verses and consider David’s Greatest Sin!
v. 1 It Was A Sin Of Anger We are told very clearly that God
was angry with
why was God angry with
· It may have been the fact that they followed Absalom when he rebelled against David.
may have been that the majority of
may have been that their hearts were lifted up in pride over all their
victories, 2 Sam. 23. We are told
time and again in that passage that the Lord gave the victory, but
Whatever the reason, God was angry with them and allowed Satan to tempt David and David, in his anger, sinned by numbering the people.
I will admit that I do not fully understand all that is going on here, but I do know this: you had better be careful when you are angry! You will make mistakes you will want to take back later. An ancient Chinese saying goes, “He who files off handle, makes bad landing! The Bible cautions us against allowing anger to take hold of our hearts and lives, Eph. 4:26-27.
B. v. 2 It Was A Sin Of Arrogance Now, you might wonder, What is wrong with a census? Good question! Maybe David was getting ready to go to war against an unsuspecting neighbor. Maybe he wanted to see how many people he had under his command so that he could strut around in his pride a little bit. The fact is, David is acting in pride!
Pride is always the root of our sins! It was the root of the first sin, Gen. 3:1-6. Pride says, “I know better than God and I can do as I please! Beware of your pride it will never lead to the Lord, only farther away! Our pride separates us form our God and from others!
v. 3-4 It Was A Sin Of Aggression When Joab hears the kings
order, he stands up to David and says, Why are you doing this? God has always made the people of
lot of the time we get into trouble because we will not stop to listen to the
good advice of others. People who love
us will warn us that we are headed down the wring road, but we plow ahead
anyway. The Word of God warns us, but we
carry on in the face of what God has to say about the matter. Actions like that can only end in disaster! (
II. v. 5-16 THE TRAUMA OF DAVID’S SIN
A. v. 10 The Trauma Of Conviction As soon as David gets the report from Joab and begins to study it, he realizes that he has made a big mistake. He confesses his failure and asks for forgiveness. Conviction tore his heart apart.
Conviction is one of the most amazing things about being saved, to me. When I sin, it does not take all day for me to know about it! As soon as the thought is finished, or the deed is done, I feel His conviction on my heart. God speaks to His children and lets them know that what they have done is wrong, John 16:7-13. His conviction is the first step in the process of drawing a wayward child home, Heb. 12:5-11. Conviction hurts, but we should praise the Lord for it. It is one of the greatest assurances of salvation you possess, Heb. 12:8!
B. v. 11-14 The Trauma Of The Choices The very next, the prophet Gad comes to David and presents a strange message from the Lord. God allows David to choose his punishment. He is offered three choices.
1. The nation can experience seven years of famine.
does not know what to do. Regardless of the choice David made, the people of
God does not offer us such choices. I thank God that He does not! But, He has already warned us that our sins have consequences, Gal. 6:7-8. This is the clear teaching of other passages as well.
· Job 4:8, “Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.
· Hosea 8:7, “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.
Those who know the Lord and walk in sin will not prosper. Haggai 1:6-7 says, “Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.
C. v. 15-16 The Trauma Of The Chastisement So God sends some sort of plague upon the people and seventy thousand die in three days. Imagine the grief and the shock as seventy thousand people die; seventy thousand families are plunged into grief. Why? Because one man committed a sin in his pride!
I believe that this passage should be a warning to each of us. You never know what the outcome of your sin is going to be. You might affect a few and you might affect many. Affecting just one is too many! I recently heard a preacher say, “Know what you sow; so you won’t weep when you reap! I don’t know about you, but I would much rather influence people and point them toward God, than I had to drive them away from Him because of my sin!
Here is what we need to remember: sin always has consequences. Sometimes they affect just the sinner, at other times they affect those around the sinner. Either way, when we sin, we can be sure that chastisement is not far behind, Rev. 3:19!
III. v. 17-25 THE TEACHING OF DAVID’S SIN
A. v. 17a It Teaches About Confession This is why David was called a man after God’s own heart.” David could sin and he could sin big, but he could not stay in that condition. He had to find that place of repentance before the Lord. He had to get right with God.
That is a lesson that we all need to get a hold of today. Yes, we will sin, and yes, sometimes, we will sin big. When we do, our natural tendency is to try and hide that sin away and pretend that it did not take place. God’s way is different! God expects us to confess and forsake our sins, Pro. 28:13; 1 John 1:9.
B. v. 17b It Teaches About Contrition Not only did David confess his sins, but he took all the blame upon himself. He goes to the Lord and says, “I did it! I should be paying the price. David can only say this because his pride has been shattered. He does not care about how many soldiers he has. He does not care about the past victories. Now, David can see that his sins have hurt him and that they have hurt other people and he is genuinely sorry that he has done what he did.
This is where the Lord wants to bring us when we fail, too. He wants us to reach the place where we get honest about what we have done and how it affects those around us. When we get honest about sin, we will stop making excuses; we will stop playing games; we will stop pointing fingers; we will stop hiding in the shadows. It’s not someone else’s fault! We are guilty and we need to deal with it!
we get honest, we will come out and deal with our sins by forsaking it, and by
dealing with the consequences it has brought into our lives. When we get to this point, God can bless us,
forgive us and restore us again, Psa.
51:17; Psa. 34:18. (
C. v. 18-25 It Teaches About Costliness David is told to go to a certain threshing floor and make a sacrifice. David does and when the owner of the threshing floor offers to give the place to David, David refuses. David knows that real worship is costly. He knows that getting things fixed up with the Lord carries a high price. He buys the threshing floor and the oxen, he builds an altar and he offers a sacrifice. God is pleased and all is well again.
What is the lesson here? Faith is like a threshing floor. It winnows out everything from our lives that is not pleasing to the Lord. It cleans us up, if it is followed and obeyed. But, faith that costs you nothing is not faith at all! Worship that costs you nothing is not worship at all. Repentance that costs you nothing is not repentance at all. Your commitment to God is going to be costly to maintain. It may cost you relationships, habits, etc. There is always a price to pay when sin has been committed, if you want to be right with the Lord again!
You see, serving God and enjoying His blessings comes at a price! Serving God is a costly business! We cannot cut corners on Him and expect Him to bless us!
Do you know why this church has been blessed like it has? It is because some people have paid the price in prayer, holiness and sacrifice over the years. If we are going to continue for the glory of God, then this generation is going to kick in and pay the price as well.
(Note: By the way, did you notice
that David’s sin was not completely dealt with until there was blood shed? That is the clear teaching of the Bible, Heb. 9:22. Listen, it was on this same hill that Abraham
had offered Isaac all those years ago.
It was here that the
Your sin and my sin are going to cost us big. But, it has already cost God more than we could ever imagine. He gave His Son on the cross to save us and with that salvation comes forgiveness and cleansing. Thank God we do not have to offer a sacrifice that has been done once for all. But, we have to get honest about our sin and pay the price of confession and repentance so that our sins can be forgiven.)
Conc: How does this message find you today? Are you saved and enjoying close, intimate fellowship with Jesus? Are you dealing with a sin problem? Do you need to come before the Lord and deal with some sin or problem in your walk with Jesus? Are you ready to pay the price so that God might continue to move and bless around here? This altar is open and Jesus is ready to receive all who will come to Him.