As I began reading 1 Chronicles 20 I thought to myself: “Oh yeah. I know this passage. This is where David spys Bathsheba having a bath which leads to his adultery and then him contracting Uriah’s murder.” (2 Samuel 11). But this is omitted in 1 Chronicles. There could be any number of reasons the writer chose to do this. But it would be just guess work by us to figure it out.
This small omission challenged me about my habit of omitting sins from my internal journal of achievements. How easy it is to gloss over that which is not so glossy in our lives. And the more we gloss, the easier it becomes. Pretty soon we begin to even fool ourselves.
God doesn’t want pretending people. He wants truthful people.
David’s slippery slope begins when he stops leading under God (1 Chron 20:1).
In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, Joab led out the armed forces… but David remained in Jerusalem
David was beginning to take a back seat in his role and one failure led to another, then to another. But how do we break out of this spiral when we get stuck in the same temptation?
(Answer coming tomorrow 🙂
God you know all things. you know when I lie down, and when I wake up. I cannot fool you in anything. Help me to be truthful in my accounting before you. God thank you that you have already taken away my sin through Jesus. Help me to displace my pride and instead kneel before the cross in repentance. Amen