My Bible reading for today was 1 Chronicles 26 -27…

“But David took not the number of them from twenty years old and under: because the LORD had said He would increase Israel like to the stars of the heavens.” 1 Chronicles 27:23  (KJB)

I will let some Bible Commentaries give their comments on this verse and the context…

First from Matthew Henry…

“Of the numbering of the people, 1Ch_27:23, 1Ch_27:24. It is here said, 1. That when David ordered the people to be numbered he forbade the numbering of those under twenty years old, thinking thereby to save the reflection which what he did might otherwise cast upon the promise that they should be innumerable; yet it was but a poor salvo, for it had never been customary to number those under twenty, and the promise of their numbers chiefly respected the effective men. 2. That the account which David took of the people, in the pride of his heart, turned to no good account; for it was never perfected, nor done with exactness, nor was it ever recorded as an authentic account. Joab was disgusted with it, and did it by halves; David was ashamed of it, and willing it should be forgotten, because there fell wrath for it against Israel. A good man cannot, in the reflection, please himself with that which he knows God is displeased with, cannot make use of that, nor take comfort in that, which is obtained by sin.” Matthew Henry Commentary

Then from John Gill…

“But David took not the number of them from twenty years old and under,…. Only those that were twenty years and upwards; but, according to Cornelius Bertram (k), he numbered them that were under twenty, though but sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, or nineteen years of age, provided they were of robust bodies, and of a tall stature, and able to bear arms; which he takes to be the sin of David, in numbering the people, being contrary to the law of God; yet though he had ordered them to be numbered, and they were, yet he would not take them and put them into the account of his chronicles, as in the next verse, that his sin might not be known, see 2Sa_24:9.
because the Lord had said, he would increase Israel like to the stars in the heavens; which are not to be numbered, and therefore David sinned in attempting to number the people.
(k) Lucubrat. Franktall, c. 2.” John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible

Finally, from Jamieson, Faussett, and Brown…

“But David took not the number of them from twenty years old and under — The census which David ordered did not extend to all the Israelites; for to contemplate such an enumeration would have been to attempt an impossibility (Gen_28:14), and besides would have been a daring offense to God. The limitation to a certain age was what had probably quieted David’s conscience as to the lawfulness of the measure, while its expediency was strongly pressed upon his mind by the army arrangements he had in view.” Jamieson, Faussett, and Brown Commentary

Let us always remember that we count, we matter with God.  He cared so much, loved us so much that He gave us the best that He could.  That was His Son Jesus.  Over the years, the past 2000+ years there have been a multitude of people men, women, children; young and elderly alike that have trusted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Jesus died on the cross for you and me, was buried, and He rose again.  That counts with God.  Jesus Christ is returning. I pray you will call on the name of Jesus for salvation today. You count with Him.

`Tim A. Blankenship

 

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