KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Samuel 24:1 And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah.
In 2nd Samuel 24:1 the scripture read “And again the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, go number Israel and Judah. When one reads the verse without comparing it to other verses and passages in the bible, he would easily conclude that God moved David to number the Israelites and he turned around to be angry with them. This does not make sense.
The whole picture is made clearer when we read 1st Chronicles 21:1. It reads “And Satan stood up against Israel and provoked David to number Israel”. We now understand from this verse that the “he moved David” in 2nd Samuel 24:1, was not God but Satan which the first scripture was talking about but did not fully elaborate.
Why was the Lord God angry with David? We can get the answer from how the events unfolded. When David asked his military general to number his people or the soldiers, Joab told him that, this was not necessary for the Lord was able to make a multitude out of their numbers. This was how he said it. “And Joab said unto the king, now the Lord thy God add unto the people, how many soever they may be, and that the eyes of my Lord the king may see it: but why doth my Lord the king delight in this thing”. David acted out of unbelief. The Bible says whatsoever is not of faith is sin (Romans 14:23). Unbelief is the worst of all sins it denies God in every way. In this instant the bible clearly said Satan moved or provoked David to take this step; why then should God be angry with David and the Israelites as a whole? The word provoke means to “incite”, “instigate” or “entice”. This is different from compelling or to make one take an action. Satan only stirred up his desire and emotions by occupying his mind with the thought that doing these things is the only way out. David should have refused the thought or idea. Satan never makes people do wrong; he incites them to do wrong. It is only those who have been possessed by him that he forces them to do what he likes. These people do not have a will of their own. Note: most deliverance cases are not possessed people but either obsessed, oppressed or demonically tormented.
No one must ever blame Satan for making him or her do a wrong thing. Satan is the initiator of every temptation but never the executor of temptation. Man is always the executor of all wrong or evil acts. The child of God, born of God can always overcome Satan. Jesus was tempted on all points yet he never sinned. (Hebrews 4:15). One of the deceptions mankind has allowed and wrongly accepted is that we are men and are all liable to sin. The Christian is not just a man, he is a spirit living in the body of a man. Our Spirit is Christ (Galatians 2:20, Romans 8:9,10).
You are not just a man. You are a pure spirit living in a man’s body. Be led by the spirit and you shall not fulfil the desires of the flesh
I am a spirit living in a man’s body. The spirit leads me as my mind is focused on the word of God.
1 John 3:9 ” Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God”.
Hebrews 4:15 ” For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”