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1 Chronicles 21 - AMP

2 David said to Joab and the rulers of the people, Go, number Israel from Beersheba to Dan, and bring me the total, that I may know it. 3 And Joab answered, May the Lord multiply His people a hundred times! But, my lord the king, are they not all my lord's servants? Why then does my lord require this? Why will he bring guilt upon Israel? 4 But the king's word prevailed against Joab. So Joab departed and went throughout all Israel and came to Jerusalem. 5 Joab gave the total number of the people to David. And all of Israel were 1,100,000 who drew the sword, and of Judah 470,000 who drew the sword. 6 But Levi and Benjamin he did not include among them, for the king's order was detestable to Joab. 7 And God was displeased with this , and He smote Israel. 8 And David said to God, I have sinned greatly because I have done this thing. But now, I beseech You, take away the hateful wickedness of Your servant; for I have done very foolishly. 9 And the Lord said to Gad, David's seer, 10 Go and tell David, Thus says the Lord: I offer you three things; choose one of them, that I may do it to you. 11 So Gad came to David and said to him, Thus says the Lord: Take which one you will: 12 Either three years of famine, or three months of devastation before your foes, while the sword of your enemies overtakes you, or else three days of the sword of the Lord and pestilence in the land, and the angel of the Lord destroying throughout all the borders of Israel. Now therefore, consider what answer I shall return to Him Who sent me. 13 And David said to Gad, I am in great and distressing perplexity; let me fall, I pray you, into the hands of the Lord, for very great and many are His mercies; but let me not fall into the hands of man. 14 So the Lord sent a pestilence upon Israel, and there fell of Israel 70,000 men. 15 God sent an angel to Jerusalem to destroy it, and as he was destroying, the Lord beheld, and He regretted and relented of the evil and said to the destroying angel, It is enough; now stay your hand. And the angel of the Lord stood by the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. 16 David lifted up his eyes and saw the angel of the Lord standing between earth and the heavens, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders, clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces. 17 And David said to God, Is it not I who commanded the people to be numbered? It is I who has sinned and done evil indeed; but as for these sheep, what have they done? Let Your hand, I pray You, O Lord my God, be on me and on my father's house, but not on Your people, that they should be plagued. 18 Then the angel of the Lord commanded Gad to say to David that David should go up and set up an altar to the Lord in the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. 19 So David went up at Gad's word, which he spoke in the name of the Lord. 20 Now Ornan was threshing wheat, and he turned back and saw the angel; and his four sons hid themselves. 21 And as David came to Ornan, Ornan looked and saw him, and went out from the threshing floor and bowed himself to David with his face to the ground. 22 Then David said to Ornan, Grant me the site of this threshing floor, that I may build an altar on it to the Lord. You shall charge me the full price for it, that the plague may be averted from the people. 23 Ornan said to David, Take it; and let my lord the king do what is good in his eyes. I give you the oxen also for burnt offerings and the threshing sledges for wood and the wheat for the meal offering. I give it all. 24 And King David said to Ornan, No, but I will pay the full price. I will not take what is yours for the Lord, nor offer burnt offerings which cost me nothing. 25 So David gave to Ornan for the site 600 shekels of gold by weight. 26 And David built there an altar to the Lord and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings and called upon the Lord; and He answered him by fire from heaven upon the altar of burnt offering. 27 Then the Lord commanded the angel, and he put his sword back into its sheath. 28 When David saw that the Lord had answered him at the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite, he sacrificed there. 29 For the tabernacle of the Lord, which Moses made in the wilderness, and the altar of burnt offering were at that time in the high place at Gibeon. 30 But David could not go before it to inquire of God, for he was afraid of the sword of the angel of the Lord.

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Jeremiah B. Menyongai, Jr. avatar
Shared by: Jeremiah B. Menyongai, Jr. on Oct, 2016
Summary: David said: "I won’t make an offering to God that doesn’t cost me something." What a great passage on demonstration of faith in God. Listen! To give without sacrifice is not to give at all. Ornan and David sacrificed but I believe Ornan sacrificed more.
William R. Nabaza avatar
David's sin on census
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on Feb, 2013
Summary: I. EXORDIUM: Are you living by the SPIRIT? Are you being led by the SPIRIT? II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To emphasize the SPIRIT's leading in our lives. IV. TEXT: 1 Chronicles 20:2 (New Living Translation, Second
based on 1 rating
Scripture: 1 Chronicles 21:1
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 1,023
Cameron Bottema avatar
3 Deadly Options, 1 Gracious God
Shared by: Cameron Bottema on Nov, 2012
Summary: God gives David three consequences to his sins, but upon his repentance God chooses to be gracious and withholds His judgement.
based on 2 ratings
Denomination: Friends
Views: 624
bala samson avatar
Shared by: bala samson on Sep, 2012
Summary: We need to be alert to satan’s subtle, shrewd, astute maneuver to attack you when you least expect it. He comes unannounced!
Damian Phillips avatar
A Sacrifice Should Cost
Shared by: Damian Phillips on Jul, 2012
Summary: If we desire a spiritual breakthrough, then we might have to make a sacrifice, and a sacrifice must cost us something; for we can’t cheat the Lord and expect Him to bless us for it. David discovered this lesson the hard way.
based on 2 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 4,190
K. Edward Skidmore avatar
The Census
Shared by: K. Edward Skidmore on Jul, 2012
Summary: Sermon #6 in the Untold Stories of the Old Testament series comes from 1 Chronicles 21 and relates the account of David's Census which led to the deaths of 70 thousand of his troops.
based on 4 ratings
Views: 3,218
Christopher Glenn avatar
Christian Warfare: "The Ruler"
Shared by: Christopher Glenn on Jul, 2012
Summary: We learned so far as the deceiver Satan uses lies to attack the mind to make us ignorant of God’s will. As the destroyer, he attacks our bodies to make us impatient with God’s will. We will see this week that as the Ruler, Satan attacks the will and the w
Steven Haguewood avatar
Shared by: Steven Haguewood on Jul, 2011
Summary: We all make mistakes, even David. Jesus paid the price for our mistakes but still demands a sacrifice of us, our lives must be living sacrifice. And a sacrifice is not a sacrifice if it costs you nothing.
Andrew Moffatt avatar
Mercy, mercy!
Shared by: Andrew Moffatt on Jun, 2011
Summary: David that Great King of Israel, a man after God’s own heart, how was he put right with God considering his blunders?
based on 1 rating
Denomination: Salvation Army
Views: 1,160
James May avatar
Which Would You Choose?
Shared by: James May on Jan, 2011
Summary: It's better to keep our trust in the Lord than to have to play "Let's Make a Deal" with God like David did.
based on 22 ratings
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 4,483
Rusty Tardo avatar
The Sin of Numbering Israel
Shared by: Rusty Tardo on Jan, 2009
Summary: Here is an Old Testament text with a right now application on the sins of pride and self-sufficiency. How do you measure success?
based on 11 ratings
Views: 12,748
Philip Harrelson avatar
The Purchasing Power of Desire
Shared by: Philip Harrelson on May, 2008
Summary: Desire will take a man a whole lot of places.
based on 26 ratings
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 4,326
Jonathan Russell avatar
The Sin of the Census
Shared by: Jonathan Russell on Jul, 2007
Summary: Examining David’s sin of the census
based on 6 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 853
Mike Fogerson avatar
Givers in the Hands of a Loving God
Shared by: Mike Fogerson on Jan, 2006
Summary: Believers can exercise giving that truly pleases God.
based on 11 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,732
Nathan  Bounds avatar
Laying on The Treshing Floor
Shared by: Nathan Bounds on Dec, 2005
Summary: The time when we must lay upon the treshing floor and allow God to seperate us from the chaff in our life.
based on 29 ratings
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 3,025
Ian Johnson avatar
Dont settle for less than Zion
Shared by: Ian Johnson on Aug, 2004
Summary: It took a battle to get into Zion and it cost David dearly It will cost us to get into the presence of the Lord But in order to gain all that the Lord has for us we must push on to Zion!
based on 35 ratings
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 2,432
Ivan Casteel avatar
Shared by: Ivan Casteel on Apr, 2004
Summary: There is a cost to be paid to worship God
based on 31 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,072
Gino Cascieri avatar
The Provoking Of Satan
Shared by: Gino Cascieri on Mar, 2004
Summary: This message shows how satan tries to provoke the saints of God.
based on 76 ratings
Scripture: 1 Chronicles 21:1-8
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 4,583
Kevin Higgins avatar
When Ordinary People Give
Shared by: Kevin Higgins on Jan, 2003
Summary: Here are four principles that should govern the way ordinary people like you and me give to the Lord.
based on 50 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 4,455
Brian Winslade avatar
Encouragement Jumper Leads
Shared by: Brian Winslade on Jul, 2001
Summary: Following the example of Barnabas in being known for our encouragement of others
Series: Barnabas
based on 448 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 57,661
Jeffrey Sturdivant avatar
It depends on whose hands YOUR in
Shared by: Jeffrey Sturdivant on Jan, 2001
Summary: A sermon to show whose hands we should put our trust in.
based on 210 ratings
Denomination: Church Of God
Views: 10,884