It is interesting to watch the efforts to dredge up as much dirt as possible on Mr Trump. What about his ‘sins’ of the past? Before judging too fast, let us look at the life of David, the king of Israel. David united the nation, made Jerusalem the capital and successfully waged war against their enemies.
Then he committed a grave sin:
- He seduced the wife of one of his trusted soldiers. She became pregnant.
- He tried to cover it up. He had her husband come home from the army to visit her. When that failed, he organised it that her husband was killed. 1
# If there ever was a case for impeachment and jail, it was that.
Watergate and other ‘scandals’ are nothing compared to David’s offences. Look at the tragedies in his family:
- His son Amnon raped his half sister Tamar and ruined her life. 2
- His son Absalom killed Amnon, fled, came back, conspired against his father and organised a coup. Absalom was killed in the hostilities that followed. 3
- Then, nearing the end of his life, his son Adonijah tried to usurp the kingship. God had chosen Solomon, the son of David and Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife, to be the next king (the grace and mercy of God!). 4
- Beside that, David made a strategic blunder when he counted the nation. It cost the nation 70,000 that died. 5
# Talk about the failures of a king.
- Yet, listen to what God says about him, ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ 6
- How did that come about, and what was it God wanted David to do? God sent His prophet, Nathan, to confront David about his sin. David repented. 7
# Then David began with a work which we believe God intended for him.
- He began the preparations to build the temple. He did not build it, because God chose his son, Solomon, to do it. 8
- Yet David organised the Levites, the division of the priests, the singers, the gatekeepers. 9
- He got the plans for the temple from God. 10
- He collected massive amounts of gold, silver, bronze, wood and whatever was needed. 11 He also encouraged the leaders to contribute. No wonder God recommended David’s efforts on behalf of the temple, God’s House where He would put His Name and live among the Israelites.
David is a vivid proof of how a person can be an instrument in God’s hands, even if he is far from perfect. The reason is that Jesus died for our sins, so there is forgiveness if we confess them and turn away from them. King David is an example of how God takes a terrible mistake and turns it around. That applies to all people, even to Mr Trump.
- 2 Samuel 11
- 2 Samuel 13
- 2 Samuel 14-15, 17-18
- 1 Kings 1
- 2 Samuel 24
- Acts 13:22
- 2 Samuel 12; Psalm 32, Psalm 51
- 1 Chronicles 22
- 1 Chronicles 23-26
- 1 Chronicles 28
- 1 Chronicles 29