More than anything, I think the Almighty was angry with King David because it was an act of pride. I think, perhaps, King David was relishing the idea of his kingdom and all the people and potential warriors he had. Instead of relying upon the Almighty for provisions and protection, he wanted to look at the strength of arms within his tiny kingdom, instead of relying upon the great strength of God's will and grace.
The parallel account of the incident surrounding the census reveals it was Satan who incited David to take the census: “Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel” (1 Chronicles 21:1). However, the wording of 2 Samuel 24:1 says that it was God who “moved David” to take the census. This discrepancy can be explained by the understanding that sometimes God sovereignly permits Satan to act in order to achieve His purposes. God uses Satan in various ways, among them the refining, disciplining and purification of disobedient believers (Luke 22:31-32; 1 Corinthians 5:1-5; 2 Corinthians 12:7-10). Such is the case with David. God allowed Satan to tempt him, and David sinned, revealing his pride and allowing God to deal with him for it.
As to why God was angry at David, in those times, a man only had the right to count or number what belonged to him. Israel did not belong to David; Israel belonged to God. In Exodus 30:12 God told Moses, “When you take a census of the Israelites to count them, each one must pay the LORD a ransom for his life at the time he is counted. Then no plague will come on them when you number them.” It was up to God to command a census, and if David counted he should only do it at God's command, receiving a ransom to "atone" for the counting. This is why God was angry again with Israel and is also why David was “conscience-stricken” after he counted Israel. David knew it was wrong and begged God to take away the guilt of his sin (2 Samuel 24:10).
I have read the preceding answers and they sound reasonable. I would like to add that God told Abraham his descendants, like the stars, would be too many to count. I always wondered if that had anything to do with it.
by paarsurrey 6 years ago
NT Bible is errant; written by errant scribes; not by Jesus.Jesus did not belong to the physical lineage of King David as written by errant Matthew and errant Luke.
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