The more public you are, the more public your sin

1 Chronicles Bible Background

05.29.2017 Old Testament: 1Ch 27.23–24

To read the Bible in a year, read First Chronicles 26–27 on May 29, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

We all sin, but if you are a public person, such as a leader, your sin gets magnified, because all see it, and it has the potential to involve more people, as in the case of David’s numbering of Israel,

But David did not take the number of those twenty years old and under, because the LORD had said He would multiply Israel like the stars of the heavens. Joab the son of Zeruiah began a census, but he did not finish, for wrath came upon Israel because of this census; nor was the number recorded in the account of the chronicles of King David (1 Chronicles 27.23–24). 

David ordered a census for his own glory and strength, but the Book of Proverbs says, “To seek one’s own glory is not glory” (Proverbs 25.27). Therefore, the wrath of God fell upon Israel as the Lord took away 70,000 men in only three days, showing David and Israel that their strength and glory did not rest in their numbers, but in the Lord.


  • What is your opinion of your home congregation based on its average Sunday morning attendance?
  • How much does the Lord say about numerical strength in the New Testament?

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