The sin of the census was a sin of faith. A census was taken to count the warriors for battle. It was the mark of a military draft and God had not instructed David to go to battle and thus, the census was a sin. It was also seen as a sin because it lacked faith in the numbers of people. God told David that his people would number the sand on the shore, but David lacked faith and wanted a number. Faith is not easy to come by but the lack of faith always seems to being suffering.
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.