Two of the most difficult texts for some modern thinkers to reconcile in the entire Old Testament are:
2 Samuel 24:1 – “Again the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he incited David against them, saying, “Go, count the people of Israel and Judah.””
1 Chronicles 21:1 – “Satan stood up against Israel, and incited David to count the people of Israel.”
Apparently the two books differ on who incited David to take a particular census. But, ancient interpreters sought ways to reconcile texts like this. So, try to enter into their mindset. Can you think of ways in which both of these verses can be true at the same time? Feel free to consult external sources if you’d like.