HOLINESS REVIVAL MOVEMENT WORLDWIDE (HOREMOW)
By: Paul Rika
(Int'l Director, HOREMOW)
Topic: GOD WILL NOT SPARE SIN NO MATTER WHO IS INVOLVED
Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020
Text: 2 Samuel 24:10-17
10 And David's heart smote him after that he had numbered the people. And David said unto the Lord, I have sinned greatly in that I have done: and now, I beseech thee, O Lord, take away the iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly.
11 For when David was up in the morning, the word of the Lord came unto the prophet Gad, David's seer, saying,
12 Go and say unto David, Thus saith the Lord, I offer thee three things; choose thee one of them, that I may do it unto thee.
13 So Gad came to David, and told him, and said unto him, Shall seven years of famine come unto thee in thy land? or wilt thou flee three months before thine enemies, while they pursue thee? or that there be three days' pestilence in thy land? now advise, and see what answer I shall return to him that sent me.
14 And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let us fall now into the hand of the Lord; for his mercies are great: and let me not fall into the hand of man.
15 So the Lord sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning even to the time appointed: and there died of the people from Dan even to Beer-sheba seventy thousand men.
16 And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the Lord repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed the people, It is enough: stay now thine hand. And the angel of the Lord was by the threshingplace of Araunah the Jebusite.
17 And David spake unto the Lord when he saw the angel that smote the people, and said, Lo, I have sinned, and I have done wickedly: but these sheep, what have they done? let thine hand, I pray thee, be against me, and against my father's house.
Key verse: Hebrews 10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
The Lord had told David not to number the people, but pride made him to do so. So God reacted: “You will suffer for that pride and since you are a leader too, sitting over people who refused to pray for you, they too will suffer with you. You are a king, but you did wickedly because of pride. God will humble you. Your nation will suffer for it.”
Then David prayed and said, “God, forgive me.” The Lord said, “Saying ‘forgive me,’ ‘forgive me’ is not enough. After I have dealt with you, you will learn your lesson forever. I am going to allow fire to burn you alive so that you will learn your lesson in hard way. Tomorrow when somebody says go and show your pride, you will say get away from me!” (Paraphrased).
God told Prophet Gad, “Go and tell David I am going to cause starvation in the land. Rain will not fall well so the people will suffer famine for seven years, because of what you have done. Alternatively, I will give your enemies three months victory over the land of Israel to trample on Israel at every quarter.
And as they kill the people and torment them you will be running up and down for your life for three months because you did this wickedness. The third option is that I will handle it myself and judge your land for three days. I tell you, it is not easy to correct sin. Judgment of sin is very bitter and sometimes leads to the death of many people. It will affect your family and posterity. The soul that sinneth it shall die.
David was told that no amount of prayer and fasting could remove the repercussion of his sin. David decided not to choose famine of seven years. It would have been terrible upon Israel. Neither did he accept that his enemies should have victory over them because these were wicked men. They would be merciless in dealing with Israel. He decided to fall into the hands of God, because of His great mercies, believing that God’s anger would subside after a while.
What a wise choice he made! Pray for one another. Pray for your relations. Let them not go and bring problem to that house. If your relations go to fight somewhere the people will be coming there to revenge. If your elder brother does wickedness and they see you they will attack you. Don’t allow sin in your life. It has its own repercussion.
Thought for the day: The wages of sin is death
Song for the day: Great is Thy faithfulness
Bible reading for the day: Jeremiah 29-30; Titus 1
PASTOR PAUL RIKA