I must say that Bible reading is not an easy task where you use just your feelings to absorb the meaning of the texts. Reading the Bible is studying the Bible, it requires some technical aspects of it. Therefore, I am compelled to also journal the texts which I find needed further research to help me fully understand the passages and stay true to the correct way of interpreting the texts.
Instead of giving commentaries, I will just list down the site(s) I read as my references. Since I consider this blog as journal, I might want to read these entries again in the future and probably will want to recall where I read about the explanations to my queries.
My question about this text is why would David had angered God in doing census?
Today’s reflection is short and sweet. A reminder that without God’s sovereignty and grace we will not have any chance to have a relationship with Him.
This verse came from an unlikely story when a woman, per Joab’s plan, came to king David asking judgment to resolve her family conflict. The conflict actually was a parallel to David’s and his son Absalom, who was in hiding after he killed his half-brother Amnon.
Here is the verse from different translations:
We must all die; we are like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God will not take away life, and he devises means so that the banished one will not remain an outcast.
2 Samuel 14:14 ESV
For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.
2 Samuel 14:14 KJV
For we will surely die and are like water spilled on the ground which cannot be gathered up again. Yet God does not take away life, but plans ways so that the banished one will not be cast out from him.
2 Samuel 14:14 NASB
All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away; instead, he devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from him.
2 Samuel 14:14 NLT
Truly, without God’s initiative, we are lost cause. Jesus, our Ultimate King, saved us from our sins. Unlike David who allowed Absalom to return to Jerusalem but did not want his son in his presence, Jesus died for us and wants to have a fellowship with us until eternity.
Soli Deo Gloria!