David ordered Joab to conduct a census of the men in Israel –

 2 Samuel 24: So the king said to Joab, the commander of his army, “Go through all the tribes of Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba and register the troops so I can know their number.”

1Chronicles 21:3 Joab replied,…Why should he bring guilt on Israel?

Joab knew that taking a census was a bad idea and could result in a plague if a half a shekel of silver tax to redeem the people was not collected. However, David prevailed and over nearly 10 months the census was taken. This was a time when David did not seek the counsel of God, but was tempted by Satan. He might have been thinking that when Solemn took over as king he would have a large geographic area to govern with 12 tribes and he wanted to set up an organization to prepare for the young kings reign.

This is the kind of temptation Disciples face today. As parents or grandparents, we may attempt to shelter our young people from the reality of a hard life as adults fighting in a battle every day between the forces of good and evil. Instead, we should prepare them to become independent adults prepared to live one day at a time depending on Jesus no matter what the circumstances are.

Despite David’s planning A, this did not turn out to well for Solomon because he was drawn astray by David’s sins and the false god’s of his many wives. When Solomon died; the kingdom split into the 10 northern tribes-Israel and 2 southern tribes-Judah. B

What kind of example are you providing for the future generations of your family?

Notes: A- David’s planning for Solomon included developing a plan for the future temple, raising the money for construction, arranging for materials and workers. 1 Chronicles 22-29; B- Israel split up – 1 Kings 12 – 930BC, then Israel was destroyed by Assyria in 722BC – 2 Kings 17:6-41, Judah by Babylon 605-586BC – 2 Chronicles 36:5-21, Cyrus permits return 535BC – 2 Chronicles 36:22-23

Henry Luke

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