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2 Samuel 24: Bold Penance

Friday, March 17, 2017

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Angelica Kauffman: The Prophet David reproaching King David

A Favorite from March 8, 2008.

We looked at the beginning of this chapter this past September when we focused on the idea that silence in a division means assent with those who speak.  I recalled my Dad’s words that sometimes it is stand up time.  Today, when we return to the same place in The Word, when we look deeper we can see another them, and this one is appropriate to our Lenten tide.

From the HARPERCOLLINS COMMENTARY (page 278): Yet once more it is not difficult to be impressed by David. He is boldly penitent (24:10-17).  He invites action against himself and his own house rather than the ordinary people: “these sheep, what have they done?” (v.17). He is unwilling to make an offering to [Yahweh] that has cost him nothing (v.24).

And so I ask myself: What is the tone of my penitence?  Am I bold as I declare myself openly to God?  Or do I cower?  Do I take my transgressions openly?  Or do I try to conceal them in some way?  Do I excuse myself, explain myself, rationalize my action or lack of action? But most importantly . . . 

Am I unwilling to make an offering to God that has cost me nothing?

Mays, James L., ed.  HARPERCOLLINS BIBLE COMMENTARY. New York, New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1988. 278. Print.


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