2Samuel 12 -- “I have sinned against the Lord”

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1 The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.

4 “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”

5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.”

7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. 9 Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’

11 “This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. 12 You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’”

13 Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”


Wow! You never see this. I don’t mean you never see rich, powerful people who are abusive towards the poor, that you see all the time. No, you never see them confess and repent so quickly, so easily. Usually they will say “I didn’t do it, it wasn’t me”. They will accuse you of being “out of your mind”. Or “we are just good friends”. But if they are caught dead to rights then “it just happened once”.

Look at what Cuomo said when the justice department first opened an investigation: Yea, what a shock that the Department of Injustice sends a letter a few days before an election trying to advance a political theory. I was shocked and amazed that the Trump administration was capable of such a thing. Sunny, they have played politics on this from day one, right? They have done a terrible job on Covid from day one, and they want a counter-defense, and what they were saying was, “Well, a lot of people died in nursing homes in Democratic states. It’s not just New York, it’s all the Democratic states.”

This denial is both “he didn’t do it” and “they are out of their mind” approach with a little indignation tossed in for good measure.

But it was worse, he also said “If you look at how many people died in New York nursing homes, New York is number 46 out of 50 states in the percentage of deaths in nursing homes. The way the law works is no nursing home in New York can accept a patient if they don’t believe they can care for that patient adequately, and if they can do it within the safety of their facility.”

This was because they had covered up how many had died in the nursing homes and hid the numbers. This was an out and out lie. Nursing homes were required to take these patients and they hid about 4,000 of the deaths with a deceitful accounting trick.

And then he accused those investigating of doing exactly what he had done: So the conspiracy they’re trying to spread just has no factual basis. But yes, people in nursing homes died, and they’re playing politics with the issue, which I think is especially cruel because people who lost loved ones in a nursing home, they’re dealing with it, and now they also have to deal with the confusion or the pain of maybe government did this.

So he was off and running with the blame game. They blamed the CDC Cuomo’s top aide, Melissa DeRosa later said that his policy was “in-line directly” with directives from the Trump administration’s Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), but to the contrary:

  • 12 days before Cuomo’s order, CMS warned that homes must be “vigilant in identifying any possible infected individuals” and “follow CDC guidance.”
  • CMS administrator Seema Verma directly responded to DeRosa’s claims, stating that the CMS was “clear and unmistakable” in stating that nursing homes should reject people that they cannot care for, and “any insinuation to the contrary is woefully mistaken at best and dishonest at worst.”
They blamed Trump: After that, Cuomo claimed that NY “had more people die” because the Trump administration “missed the boat and never told us that this virus was coming from Europe and not from China.” In reality, the Trump administration issued a near-total ban on travel from Europe on the same day that the World Health Organization declared C-19 a pandemic (March 11). Yet, Cuomo did not announce a stay-at-home order until more than a week later on March 20.

Finally they blamed the nursing homes: Finally, Cuomo’s Department of Health published a report that returned to blaming nursing homes while claiming that his policy was not a “significant factor” in fatalities. However, the report:

  • misinterprets association as causation by arguing that a “link between the timing of staff infection and nursing home fatalities” proves the nursing home staff transmitted the virus to residents.
  • uses a false measure of timing based on the number of homes with an infected staff member instead of the actual number of infected staff members.
  • uses grossly incomplete data that excludes residents who caught the virus in nursing homes but died “outside of the facility,” a figure that could number in the thousands.
https://www.justfactsdaily.com/the-facts-on-andrew-cuomos-nursing-home-policy

We never see the rich and powerful actually confess that they have sinned. They have created a legal system where they can settle a lawsuit without admission of guilt. What is it that really makes all Christians different from people in the world? They are all sinners, all prone to temptations from the evil one. The difference is that Christians have confessed and repented publicly of their sins.
 

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Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. 14 But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for[a] the Lord, the son born to you will die.”

What caused Nixon to resign was not the Watergate breakin, it wasn’t that crime, rather it was the coverup. Because David confessed and didn’t try to cover up his sin he is not “going to die”. However, “his son will die”. So in Cuomo’s case he clearly did a cover up and now they are looking into impeaching him and prosecuting him for that. Had they not covered it up or denied it they would have simply looked bad. If Cuomo had immediately confessed “his son would have died” but he himself would not have been removed. What does that mean? The claim that Trump had mismanaged the Covid crisis was a critical issue in the election, if Cuomo had admitted that this was false and that he in fact had mismanaged it then “his son”, Joe Biden, would have lost the election. But he didn’t and now Cuomo will be the one who loses.

15 After Nathan had gone home, the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife had borne to David, and he became ill. 16 David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and spent the nights lying in sackcloth[b] on the ground. 17 The elders of his household stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he refused, and he would not eat any food with them.

18 On the seventh day the child died. David’s attendants were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they thought, “While the child was still living, he wouldn’t listen to us when we spoke to him. How can we now tell him the child is dead? He may do something desperate.”

19 David noticed that his attendants were whispering among themselves, and he realized the child was dead. “Is the child dead?” he asked.

“Yes,” they replied, “he is dead.”

20 Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate.

21 His attendants asked him, “Why are you acting this way? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept, but now that the child is dead, you get up and eat!”

22 He answered, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, ‘Who knows? The Lord may be gracious to me and let the child live.’ 23 But now that he is dead, why should I go on fasting? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”

We saw this as well. After the election there were huge rallies with hundreds of thousands of people all over the nation. They were kneeling in prayer, appealing to heaven. People expected that they would not accept Joe Biden’s inauguration and so they feared they would do something desperate. They brought in 25,000 troops and surrounded the city with barbed wire. But all those at those “Stop the Steal” rallies got up off their knees and went to eat. Why? Because they are putting all their trust in the Lord. Submitting to the Lord includes submitting to those in power and recognizing that all authority is from God.

24 Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and he went to her and made love to her. She gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon. The Lord loved him; 25 and because the Lord loved him, he sent word through Nathan the prophet to name him Jedidiah.[c]

Solomon means “peaceable” and Jedidiah means “beloved of the Lord”. The Lord loves the fruit of our submitting to his mighty hand and our being humbled under the mighty hand of God.

26 Meanwhile Joab fought against Rabbah of the Ammonites and captured the royal citadel. 27 Joab then sent messengers to David, saying, “I have fought against Rabbah and taken its water supply. 28 Now muster the rest of the troops and besiege the city and capture it. Otherwise I will take the city, and it will be named after me.”

29 So David mustered the entire army and went to Rabbah, and attacked and captured it. 30 David took the crown from their king’s[d] head, and it was placed on his own head. It weighed a talent[e] of gold, and it was set with precious stones. David took a great quantity of plunder from the city 31 and brought out the people who were there, consigning them to labor with saws and with iron picks and axes, and he made them work at brickmaking.[f] David did this to all the Ammonite towns. Then he and his entire army returned to Jerusalem.

There are two things going on here. The people of God are learning to be humbled under the mighty hand of God and to learn the way of peace. Through this we will get Solomon who will build God’s Temple on Earth and will represent the heavenly ministry of Jesus. At the same time the battle is going on against the Ammonites. We are seeing some really hateful ugly things taking place in this country. Laws concerning a direct repudiation of God’s word and God’s ordination. We are seeing hate speech, wicked people rejoicing at the death of wonderful people, and trying to violate the first and second amendments of our constitution. What we are seeing today in the US reminds us of the rededication of the 2nd temple during the second century BC. There was a Maccabean revolt against a ruler who is a type of the AntiChrist.