Census

This year, 2020, the census will be taken in the 50 states and in five U.S. held territories. This data will be used concerning voting, businesses, hospitals, and schools. How could taking a census be wrong? II Samuel 24 gives the account of King David taking a census of the fighting men of Israel and Judah. His military commander, Joab questioned the wisdom of this roll taking. Following The nine-month mission, Joab returned and reported the number of the able-bodied swordsmen: Israel 800,000 and Judah 500,000. Verse 10 says  “David was conscience-stricken after he had counted the fighting men, and he said to the Lord, I have sinned greatly in what I have done.”  The Bible does not clearly state why this was a grievous sin but commentaries indicate that David was prideful and put faith in his military might and not in God. The very next day, Gad the prophet brought word from the Lord that David could choose from three proposed punishments: First- 3 years of famine, Second-3 months of fleeing from enemies, Third-3 days of plague in the land. Verse 14 says “David said to Gad, I am in deep distress. Let us fall into the hands of the Lord, for His mercy is great; but do not let me fall into the hands of men”. Throughout David’s life, his repentance had triggered God’s mercy. The Lord sent a plague on Israel for 3 days and killed 70,000 people. The death angel was poised to destroy Jerusalem when the Lord said  “Enough!” ( verse 16). David himself saw this destroying angel at the threshing floor of Araunah and cried out to the Lord not to punish the innocent but to exact punishment on him and his family. Unfortunately, our sin affects others. The census we should be concerned about is whether our name is written in the  Book of Life. When we accept Jesus as Savior and Lord, our name is recorded. Revelation 20: 15 says “If anyone’s name was not found written in the Book of Life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” Jesus , count me in your census for eternal life.