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Disciplined - Explore the Bible for August 26, 2018

Aug 9, 2018

Explore the Bible
August 26, 2018
Gerald Nash
2 Samuel 24:10-25 (HCSB)

Centuries ago, Saint Augustine created a bit of controversy with a simple prayer, “Grant what Thou dost command, command what Thou wilt.” Augustine’s famous theological sparring partner, Pelagius, reacted very negatively. Pelagius argued that if God commanded something of us, we would be able to do it without God’s help. As fallen creatures, we need God’s help to live the Christian life. We are in a constant battle with sin (Rom. 7:13-25). We need to understand the process of repentance.

God used discipline to drive David to the place of repentance. Repentance is not merely confession. It begins with conviction. David committed a sin by taking a census, and his conscience troubled him. He was convicted in his heart that it was sin.

The next step in the process is confession. Confession is agreeing with God that what we did was wrong. Confession leads to asking for forgiveness. Forgiveness removes guilt. David confessed what he did was wrong, and he wanted the guilt removed.

The next step is consequences. There are always consequences to sin. Through the prophet Gad, God gave David the choice of three punishments. David chose a three-day plague that would end in the death of 70,000 people. When the angel was about to destroy Jerusalem, the Lord had the angel withdraw.

This led to David’s contrition. David pleaded with God for the people, as a shepherd king should. David asked that God’s wrath rest solely on him.

The last step is the sacrifice.

God, through Gad, told David to go to Araunah the Jebusite and buy his threshing floor to build an altar and offer sacrifice. This was the very site where Abraham was to sacrifice Isaac, Solomon would build the temple and Jesus would be crucified on! Sin always costs something. Sacrifice always implies a cost.

David offered sacrifice, but Araunah’s words are convicting, “May the Lord your God accept you” (2 Sam. 24:23). Sacrifice makes us acceptable to the Lord.

God uses His divine discipline to move us to the place of repentance.

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