The Repentant: King David


The Repentant

King David: Pride and the Altar

1 Chronicles 21:1-19

In Jesus Name

May God’s grace not only call you to repentance but give you hope and expectation as you await the joy that awaited Jesus as He journeyed to the cross!

This is not that story

As we hear the stories of the Repentant, the lives God would change so much that all heaven would rejoice, most people who know the Bible would expect me to bring up David at some point.

I won’t disappoint you.

Well, I will, because I am not going to talk about the little affair he had with Bathsheba, and killing her husband.  Simply because that sin, while horrible, doesn’t measure up to the sin of counting his soldiers, of counting the people God entrusted to His care.

Wait, are you saying that counting people is a grievous, horrendous sin?

Hmmm. Dane, have you counted how many people are here tonight?  If not, maybe you shouldn’t?

There are, and there are not, greater and lesser sins.  In this case, the sin was directly disobeying God, which adultery and the murder of Bathsheba’s husband also are.  SO in one way, the sins are equal. It is in their impact on others that these sins differ.

One affects two families and children.  That is the sin we know about, the story of lust and jealousy. This one has far more serious repercussions.  David chooses his punishment even, and even that stands out.  His sin, this time, affects 70,000 of the people for whom he was responsible.

70,000.

For disobeying God.

He was tempted by Satan, and he sinned gravely.

Innocent people had to die because of it.  Well, they were innocent of the sin David committed.

Just like every sin we commit has consequences that affect others.

Even though we might repent, even though we might ask forgiveness, the impact of our sin’s damage on others is felt.  Families are divided, friendship’s shattered, lives crushed, because we chose our way, rather than listen to God’s direction, to the life He clearly describes for us to live, that we might bless others.

Disobedience, which boils down to telling God that we know better than He does, that we should be God.
Distressed by the realization of the impact
David asked forgiveness, but there are days where we ask for forgiveness, and while we want to be forgiven, we think that is enough. We don’t always want reconciliation; we just want to be free from punishment.  We don’t always want to be repentant, and we just want to be sorry….

As David looks upon the innocent suffering, as David sees the Angel of Death ready to destroy his people, the reaction is different.  He is distressed by his sin, he realizes the consequence, hear His words,
“I am the one who called for the census! I am the one who has sinned and done wrong! But these people are as innocent as sheep—what have they done? O LORD my God, let your anger fall against my family and me, but do not destroy your people.” 1 Chronicles 21:17 (NLT)

This is part of what repentance is, the distress of realizing the depth of our sin, and that sin isn’t victimless.  It is what drives us to confess our sins….and beg God to spare the innocent, even as David did.

(after this first half of the sermon, we have a time of silent confession and prayer, and express our hope in God, that is described in the Creed)

The Repentant

King David: Pride and the Altar

1 Chronicles 21:1-19

In Jesus Name

May God’s grace not only call you to repentance but give you hope and expectation as you await the joy that awaited Jesus as He journeyed to the cross

The Altar & the Promise

Even as David and leaders are face down, praying that God’s wrath will be limited to those who are guilty, there is a strong lesson in grace, a lesson that is overlooked.

You see, that place where the angel stands, the place where God commands the angel of death to stop, where he tells him it is finished, is a special place in Jewish history.

It is the temple mount, the very place in the temp that would be called the Holy of Holies.   A place of grace, a place where sin would be atoned for, with the blood, portraying the blood of Jesus, the innocent, holy Son of God, taking on the curse of sin, once and for all.  The plague would stop, the power of death would be shattered, and repentance, the transformation that occurs to us because of Jesus, is made sure.

For repentance is not just the feeling of sorrow, it is not even just the distress caused as we look at the effect of our sin, repentance is not just the removal of sin crushed hearts and minds, but it is effected by the blood of Christ, the love of God being poured out upon us.

You will notice that God ordered the stoppage before the repentance was complete, and that’s because of His desire to bring us back, the joy of the father seeing his prodigal son seeing the dust from his son’s feet in the distance.

I can’t make this point enough – our repentance, our realization of how badly sin has crushed us.as that repentance becomes real, as it occurs in even just one of us, the joy of heaven is beyond belief.  It is as if the entire company of heaven is looking done in wonder as God takes us and heals us.

A moment of great joy, a moment beyond our comprehension… a moment to find His peace and rest and healing… for like David, and Naaman and Josiah, we’ve become the Repentant.

AMEN!

 

About justifiedandsinner

I am a pastor of a Concordia Lutheran Church in Cerritos, California, where we rejoice in God's saving us from our sin, and the unrighteousness of the world. It is all about His work, the gift of salvation given to all who trust in Jesus Christ, and what He has done that is revealed in Scripture. God deserves all the glory, honor and praise, for He has rescued and redeemed His people.

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