When Satan Comes to Whisper
I Chronicles 21:1-7
January 13, 2008
I Chronicles 21:1-7, And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel. 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. 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 the king's word prevailed against Joab. Wherefore Joab departed, and went throughout all Israel, and came to Jerusalem. And Joab gave the sum of the number of the people unto David. And all they of Israel were a thousand thousand and an hundred thousand men that drew sword: and Judah was four hundred threescore and ten thousand men that drew sword. But Levi and Benjamin counted he not among them: for the king's word was abominable to Joab. And God was displeased with this thing; therefore he smote Israel.
INTRODUCTION: Notice again, (vs. 1), "And Satan stood up against Israel and "provoked" David to number Israel." The word provoked means "to entice" or "suggest." Satan came to David at a time when he had let his spiritual guard down (unfortunately, for David, that had been more than once) and he whispered in his ear a suggestion that he should number the people of Israel, something God had commanded him not to do. And what was the result? The result was what always happens when someone disobeys God: judgment fell. Look at (vs.14), "So the Lord sent pestilence upon Israel: and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men."
I have been preaching now for 30 years and have pastored for nearly 27 of those 30 years. During that span of time I have witnessed the fall of a many a good man or woman--people who, at one time, were on fire for God, people who did great things for God; but one ...
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