Joab's reply to David when he desired to number Israel was, "Now the Lord thy God add unto the people, how many soever they be, an hundredfold, and that the eyes of my lord the king may see it: but why doth my lord the king delight in this thing?" (See 2 Sam. 24:1- 3). Joab, perhaps from his own past, understood the pleasure (delight) David found in desiring to do this sinful thing.


David himself testified to this when he said, "I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart" (Psalm 40:8). This delight has been replaced by a deceitful lust (Eph. 4:22).

When one chooses this pathway as their regular way of life, David did not do so, we are told that they are thinking that there is no profit in delighting in God (Job 34:9). These are the ones who make God's word the object of their ridicule, and this is the "scorner" in Proverbs (Cf. Jer. 6:10; Prov. 1:22). Romans chapter one refers to those whose delight is in the success of idolatry, unnatural lusts among women and men, and in general being filled with all unrighteousness. They not only do the things listed, but they approve of those who practice them! The general state of society will always be to rejoice in what is perverted (Prov. 2:14). We must not be tempted to even give verbal approval!


David also testified to this. He said, "Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. [5] Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass" (Psalm 37:4-5). David's heart condemned him after he had numbered Israel. There were 1, 300,000 in his army. He asked for forgiveness and the punishment that follows is a good example of refusing the warning to delight in the Lord. Turning to God he would confess that he had sinned greatly and done wickedly. His heart had chosen that in which God did not delight! (read 2 Sam. 24; Isa. 66:4).


This is what God said, "And the Spirit of the Lord fell upon me, and said unto me, Speak; Thus saith the Lord; Thus have ye said, O house of Israel: for I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them" (Ezk. 11:5).

God sees the thought and the pleasure in each thought of wickedness!

The Word if consistently studied and applied will reveal evil thoughts we take pleasure in: "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. [13] Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do" (Heb. 4:12-13).

Solomon said, "The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly" (Prov. 20:27). Study will enable one to see their own inordinate affections (see Prov. 18:8) . We know what's in there! We know what we've thought and done!

Chastening can get to those thoughts as well (Cf. Prov. 20:30, 22:15).


Paul's statement finds application in the letters to the Corinthian church. If Romans one is a list then consider Paul's list for the local church: "For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults: [21] And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have sinned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness which they have committed" (2 Cor. 12:20-21).

The one who loves transgression delights in strife! (Cf. Prov. 17:19). Strife was present in the church because some loved the displays of temper, disputes, slanders, etc. Thus with keeping things "stirred" (Cf. Prov. 30:33) — pinpointing specific sins to specific individuals is diverted! And what were the teachers doing? They were either not teaching or doing the same things!

There was fornication in the church (Cf. I Cor. 5). Their delighting in arrogance and boasting came at the expense of mourning sin (Cf. I Cor. 5:2). And at the expense of the church — some thought "a little" (5:6) would not affect the whole! They should have mourned for shame! This reckless boasting is what you get when members of a church want "honor" without giving up immoralities!

Obviously not all in the church approved of this for it had been reported. Solutions are offered for delighting in iniquity: I Cor. 5:4-5, 6:18, 7:1, 3-5, 9:27. Corinth had liars in the church. Swindlers are liars. Those who defraud are liars! (Cf. I Cor. 6:7; also Prov. 20:14, 16:11, I Tim. 6:9-10). Those who slander are liars and they "delight" in hurting another (Cf. Ps. 70:2). Lying is a pleasure for the liar, John said (Cf. Rev. 22:15). Hell, with Satan, is their place for they will not enter heaven (Cf. Rev. 21:27). It is a pleasure to their mind to say one thing (blessing) while inwardly cursing (Cf. Ps. 62:4). This comes from those who have developed the tongue of craft and love evil more than good (Ps. 52:3, Jer. 9:3-5, I Tim. 4:2).

False teachers had been arrogant, changed sound doctrine concerning Christ, and their "spirit" was not one of sincerity based on truth (Cf. 2 Cor. 11). They intended to pervert the Gospel and presented by deceit and cleverness what heretofore would not have been accepted. The members had delighted in these false teachers! (Cf. 2 Cor. 11:4). They spoke well of them, gave them honor, and there was no room for course for condemning them! These false teachers had convinced them they were wise (2 Cor. 11:19). How wise they were we are told in 2 Cor. 11:20. They were clever enough to bring them into bondage to their teaching, destroy them spiritually by corrupting them morally and with false doctrines, to take what they had materially, exhalt themselves, and have them in agreement while being physically abusive!

Their worship had been polluted with the kind of wickedness that makes some glad! (Cf. I Cor. 11:21). They had some getting drunk, partying because that's the way they lived! See Paul's list in I Cor. 5:10-11, 6:8-11.

Jesus cast the money changers out of the Temple and then warned that what they delighted in would be destroyed! Read Matt. 21:12-14 and then Matthew 24, Ezk. 24:21. When we read Matt. 21:12-13 it is good to read the marginal reference to Jeremiah 7:1-15.

Brethren, there is not much difference in the list in Jeremiah 7:8-10 and the lists in I Cor. 5:10-11, 6:8-10. In the church at Corinth worship was displaced with a worldly feast with immorality – their lives were full of immorality. God will destroy those who delight in iniquity and He will destroy that which they delight in if they do not repent (Cf. Ezk. 24:21; Jer. 7:11-15; Rev. 2:5).

By Bob W. Lovelace via THE TRUTH IN PRINT, OCT. 2006 VOL. 12 ISSUE 9

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