Epistles of Thomas

October 1, 2009

1 Chronicles 19-21

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In Chronicles 19 it records the story of Hanun and the Ammonites who abused David’s envoys and then took up arms against him when they realised the gravity of their insult. David and the armies of Israel soundly defeated them. Chapter 20 is notable for what is not present. 2 Samuel 11 begins the same way: “In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war…David remained in Jerusalem” while Joab led the forces into battle. Unlike 2 Samuel, no mention is made in Chronicles of David’s subsequent sin with Bathsheba and his killing of her husband Uriah. The chapter only records David’s victories. Chapter 21 recounts David’s taking a census of the people and placing the blame firmly on Satan: “Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel” (21:1). David does confess his guilt: “I have sinned greatly by doing this. Now, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing” (21:8). When he saw the consequences of sin he requested that he bear the full weight f it: “LORD my God, let your hand fall on me and my family, but do not let this plague remain on your people” (21:17). Luckily for him, the price was not his life but the cost of a sacrifice (240 ounces of gold).


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