The Plague (Part Two)

As you will remember from yesterday’s devotional, David sinned by taking a census of the people and God offered him three choices of punishment. The story continues.

 So, the Lord sent a pestilence on Israel; 70,000 men of Israel fell.  And God sent an angel to Jerusalem to destroy it; but as he was about to destroy it, the Lord saw and was sorry over the calamity, and said to the destroying angel, “It is enough; now relax your hand.”  Then David lifted up his eyes and saw the angel of the Lord standing between earth and heaven, with his drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders, covered with sackcloth, fell on their faces. David said to God, “Is it not I who commanded to count the people? Indeed, I am the one who has sinned and done very wickedly, but these sheep, what have they done? O Lord my God, please let Your hand be against me and my father’s household, but not against Your people that they should be plagued.” (1 Chronicles 21:14-17, NASB)

Then David built an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. And he called to the Lord and He answered him with fire from heaven on the altar of burnt offering.  The Lord commanded the angel, and he put his sword back in its sheath. (From 1 Chronicles 21:18-27, NASB)

Note- David built an altar to the Lord, offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. He called on the Lord and the Lord answered. Then the Lord put his sword back in the sheath.

Ask the Lord how we can apply this information to ourselves in today’s situation.

Prayer- Lord, we are desperate. We pray you show us what to do so that your angel will sheath his sword. Amen.

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