Who Moved David to Anger & Did That MAke God Sin?

Supposed contradiction and verses:

 Who moved David to anger, and didnít that make God sin?

2nd Samuel 24:1

And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah.

 1st Chronicles 21:1

And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.


    God incited David to number Israel because God was angry with David. Ultimately, God wanted to teach David not to trust in his number of fighting men, but to trust in Him. So, He moved to let David count the fighting men of Israel. He used Satan to do it which is why in 1 Chronicles 21:1 it says Satan moved David to count the men. Both are true. God either sent Satan or allowed Satan to do incite David. But, how can God send Satan to do a job and yet God is not responsible for the sin? Simple. God's authority extends even over Satan. God can use Satan to accomplish His ultimate will by simply giving permission to Satan to do that which Satan already desires to do. We see this in the crucifixion of Christ where evil men brought Jesus to death. Yet, at the same time, it was the predetermined plan of God that this be done. God allows the evil one to work his evil yet that is ultimately used for the glory of God. All this is done without God sinning and it demonstrates God's absolute sovereignty over all creation.

In His Grace,

            Mike Harris


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