Gad was a prophet.
He was one of the personal prophets of King David of Israel and some of his writings are believed to be included in the Books of Samuel.
Let’s look at 3 occasions of Gad’s wise advice:
– With David in the Cave of Adullam (1Samuel 22:1-5)
He is first mentioned in 1Sam. 22:5, telling David to return to the land of Judah.
– Confirming King David’s Sin of the Census (2Samuel 24:1-17)
The most notable Biblical reference to Gad is in 2Sam. 24:11-13, many year later. David has now been firmly established as king; in fact, his reign is drawing to an end. David ordered a census to be taken of the people.
After David confessed his sin of taking a census, God sent Gad to David to offer his him choice of 3 different punishments.
* The Project (v.1,2)
* The Protest (v.3,4)
* The Particulars (v.5-9)
Numbering the people was usually done for purposes of taxation or for military draft. When David took a census, it wad done for 1 of 2 reasons:
Regardless of why David did it, it was seen as sin by God; Davud was putting his faith in numbers rather than in God. See 1Chron. 21:1-4.
* The Prayer (v.10)
Almost 10months passed before David realized his sin. But, when he did, he prayed a prayer of confession and asked for forgiveness.
* The Punishment (v.11-15)
David knew God was more merciful than People are, so he wisely took the 3rd option… putting things in God’s hands.
* The Pardon (v.16,17)
– Advising King David to Buy Land (2Samuel 24:18-25)
Our best friends give us their best adviceat times that really matter. A friend who will tell us the truth we don’t want to hear will be of greater value than a dozen friends who just tell us what we want to hear.
Are you a friend who gives goodd advice?
Are you one who appreciates good advice when you hear it?
* Good advice begins with being honest.
You can read Gad’s story in 1Samuel 22 & 2 Samuel 24.