How to Stop the Bleeding
2 Samuel 24:18-25 teaches us a valuable lesson from David. One that we have all heard before: Pride comes before the fall. David’s two greatest sins are a reflection of this. His first sin was adultery with Bathsheba and subsequently murdering her husband, Uriah. The second great sin that David committed was the taking of the census. It wasn’t that taking a census was wrong by itself. What was wrong about this was that David wanted the census to be taken out of a sense of pride. He wanted to revel in “his greatness and power”. David even turned down wise counsel of a trusted advisor, Joan. David’s pride led him to offend God and his people. Eventually, David would repent. From this we learn three things on how David was able to stop the bleeding from his actions.
The first lesson we learn is that we are to meet with God. When we sin or fall short of what God desires of us, we often feel that we cannot come before God. Yet, that is exactly what He wants us to do. Notice that after Adam and Eve sinned, they tried to hide from God. God knew they had sinned, yet he sought them out, not the other way around. The veil was torn so that we could have access to God. Fortunately for David, God sent Gad to tell him that he needed to go build an altar so that he could meet with God. Instead of running from God, we need to run to him in every situation.
The second lesson we learn is that we need to humble ourselves. C.S. Lewis said that “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” It is not just that David was confronted with the sin in his life, it was his reaction to his sin. David threw himself at the mercy of God. David asked for forgiveness and was willing to do whatever God asked of him. Humility is not beating yourself up in self-pity or self-hatred; humility is putting your focus on where it needs to be: on God.
The last thing we have learned from David is that we need to offer a sacrifice. A sacrifice is an act of giving something of value up for the sake of something else more important or worthy. David had to pay for Araunah’s land because it needed to cost David something. It wasn’t meant to be cheap. The sacrifice is meant to be an act of obedience. This act means that David took responsibility, recognized the cost and was compelled by love. Paul says that we should “…offer your body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship” (Romans 12:1).
Pride causes so much sin. When we find ourselves with the sin of pride, we need to learn from David: we need to meet with God, humble ourselves, and offer a sacrifice.
To view the service & listen to the full sermon by Pastor Armand on 8/2/20 click here: How to Stop the Bleeding