Category Archives: Divine Judgment

We Were That Bad

Sin is not just failing to hit the mark, a mistake, a character flaw, or a problem that needs to be handled.  Sin is awful…exceptionally bad or displeasing to God (Eph 2:1-3; 1 Pet 4:1-3; Rom 3:10-18), no matter who’s sinning (Rom 3:23; 1 John 1:8).  David proved the point (1 Chronicles 21:1-30).

I. CONSIDER DAVID’S SIN

A. Taking a census
1. It was a temptation (1 Chron 21:1)
2. It was avoidable (1 Chron 21:3)
3. It was punishable (1 Chron 21:14)

II. CONSIDER GOD’S JUDGMENT

A. Death for disobedience
1. There are no minor infractions

B. Life for obedience
1. There must be repentance (1 Chron 21:16-17)
2. There must be sacrifice (1 Chron 21:18, 24-26)

C. Another altar for sin (1 Chron 21:28-30)
1. A new site (Tabernacle)
2. A future site (Temple)
3. A historic site (Abraham)
4. A prophetic site (The Lamb of God)

III. CONSIDER YOURSELF

A. You sin, like David
1. Take another look at sin (Rom 3:23; Heb 10:31)

B. You need a sacrifice, like David
1. Take another look at the price (1 Pet 1:18-21; Rom 5:6-9; 1 Pet 2:24; Heb 13:10-14)

As David was forgiven of his trespass, you can be forgiven too.
(Romans 6:3-7)