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Summary: The greatest cover-up in history. Was it Adam and the fig leaf? David and Bathsheba? Annanias and the big offering? None of these. The greatest cover-up in history can be discovered in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God! His blood

The Great Cover-Up

02-12-06

Psa 32:1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

Psa 32:2 Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.

Psa 32:3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.

Psa 32:4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.

Psa 32:5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.

Psa 32:6 For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.

Psa 32:7 Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.

Psa 32:8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

Psa 32:9 Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.

Psa 32:10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.

Psa 32:11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.

Returning to verse one, Daivid wrote, "Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. "

David certainly knew all about the concept of a "cover-up." He had lived for over a year and a half under the shadow of sin, playing the part, pretending all was well. He thought he had covered his tracks so well. (2 Sam 11)

First, there was Bathsheba on the roof. At a time when other kings were off to war, David had reduced himself to a peeping Tom.

To make matters worse, he had Bathshebe brought to him, and used his prestige as the king of the land to have his way with her. But sin has a way of growing, like a well watered seed.

Bathsheba is pregnant. David could see the tabloid headlines. The talk-shows. The political action groups calling for morality in the throne-room. There was just one thing to do, and so the Cover-up began.

David calls Bathsheba’s husband home from the warfront. Perhaps with some shore leave, Uriah will spend some quality time with his wife, he will think the baby is his, and all will be forgotten.

One problem. Instead of going home to his wife, Uriah pitches his tent outside the palace of the king. As David watches in horror, this foot soldier, this Hittite shows more honor than the king of Israel. David tried to talk some sense into him. "Go home! Be with your wife, I’m sure she has missed you!" David pleaded. But Uriah answered with a conviction that cut to the heart of the king.

"The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? as thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing."

But David would not give up. The next day he invited Uriah over for dinner, and got him good and drunk. David had hoped that, with dulled inhibitions, Uriah would stumble home, and into the bed of his wife. No-go. With unscathed scrouples, Uriah stumbled just outside the king’s gate, and crashed into the tent with all of the other servants.

Just what is a king to do? What anyone with power would do. Use it. With a calculated coldness, David pens a letter to his general that would be the death warrant of Uriah. What’s worse, he hands the sealed parchment to Uriah himself to deliver. In a matter of days, Uriah was dead, and David was free. Or was he?

David should have remembered the words of Moses, "be sure your sin will find you out." (Numbers 32:23)

Psalm 32 was written in the aftermath of genuine repentance after David was confronted by Nathan the prophet. "You are the man!" was the stinging endictment that hurled David into a spiral of confession and mercy. Look at verse one again:

Psa 32:1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

After all of his cover-up efforts, David knew that only the grace of God could cover his sin.

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