Joab came to David, warning him to not take a census of the people. But why? What could be so wrong with figuring out how many people are in your kingdom? It’s just a number, just information. It’s not that big of a deal, right?
The problem with the census was that God had commanded against it.
However David refused Joab’s advice. He numbered the people. As a result David was punished. Seventy thousand of his men died of a pestilence.
Sometimes we talk ourselves into doing something impure because “it’s not that bad”. But the word of God tells us that even just a little bit of evil can ruin a good thing. Don’t be fooled into thinking that sin isn’t sin.
I Chronicles 21:1-17