Summary: David, Pt. 14
LOOKING INTO THE MIRROR OF REALITY (2 SAMUEL 24
Domino’s founder Tom Monaghan is a colorful and controversial character. He made his fortune after eight years of hard work in pizza delivery but squandered it all on an expensive lifestyle. At the height of his success, he bought the Detroit Tigers baseball team, collected pricey Bugatti autos, Frank Lloyd drawings and artifacts, and purchased a dream ranch in Ann Arbor, where herds of buffalos roamed. He struggled for years to rebuild his lost empire and sold his family’s 90% stake in the business after he finally turned it around.
Monaghan then decided to spend his money on charity instead of on himself. A devout Catholic, he opened a mission in Honduras and supervised the construction of a cathedral in Nicaragua. On the local front, he bankrolled Catholic elementary schools in Ann Armor, Michigan, and a Catholic liberal arts college in nearby Ypsilanti.
The pizza mogul attributed his spending spree to compensation for his mother abandoning him at the age of four to foster homes and an orphanage, but his extravagances and toys did not make him happy. Monaghan confessed, “Most of the time I was buying things to get attention, to have people notice me. That’s the sin of pride, the worst sin of all, and I’m the guiltiest person.” (“A tale of pizza, pride and piety,” Time 10/26/98)
The last thing David did in 2 Samuel was to number the army. Readers are not told why he did so but pride seems to be the major reason. Also, no one has figured out the discrepancy between the record in the parallel passages of 2 Samuel 24:1 and 1 Chronicles 21:1 – whether God or Satan incited David to call the census.
What is antidote or answer to pride? Why does pride make a man do foolish things? What can we do to prevent the sin of pride?
Be Realistic – You Cannot Fool People
1 Again the anger of the LORD burned against Israel, and he incited David against them, saying, “Go and take a census of Israel and Judah.” 2 So the king said to Joab and the army commanders with him, “Go throughout the tribes of Israel from Dan to Beersheba and enroll the fighting men, so that I may know how many there are.” 3 But Joab replied to the king, “May the LORD your God multiply the troops a hundred times over, and may the eyes of my lord the king see it. But why does my lord the king want to do such a thing?” 4 The king’s word, however, overruled Joab and the army commanders; so they left the presence of the king to enroll the fighting men of Israel. (2 Sam 24:1-4)
A stockbroker was cold calling about a penny stock and found a taker. “I think this one will really move,” said the broker, “it’s only $1 a share.” “Buy me 1000 shares.” said the client.
The next day the stock was at $2. The client called the broker and said, “You were right, give me 5,000 more shares.” The next day the client looked in the paper and the stock was at $4.
The client ran to the phone and called the broker, “Get me 10,000 more shares.” “Great!” said the broker.
The next day the client looked in the paper and the stock was at $9. Seeing what a great profit he had in just a few days, the client ran to the phone and told the broker, “Sell all my shares!” The broker said, “To whom? You were the only one buying that stock.