I am really not much of one for conspiracy thories. I am reluctant to give credence to governments spending vast quantities to dupe their citizens (Moonlanding, etc). However, I must admit it has happened (Watergate). There is no clearer evidence of this than in 2 Samuel 11.
Israel is at war with the Ammonites. While the siege of Rabbah is being conducted, King David notices, from his vantage point at the palace, the wife of one of his officers having a bath. The king falls into lust and seduces the woman who becomes pregnant by the encounter.
So far so bad. David wants to cover this up so recalls the officer, Uriah, to Jerusalem with the hopes that he will sleep with his wife and thus cover up the adultery. Things don’t go to plan. This dedicated warrior is unprepared to satisfy his own desires while his men were still at the front.
What is a king to do? The answer, he intensified the conspiracy. “14 In the morning it happened that David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah. 15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, “Set Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retreat from him, that he may be struck down and die.” 16 So it was, while Joab besieged the city, that he assigned Uriah to a place where he knew there were valiant men. 17 Then the men of the city came out and fought with Joab. And some of the people of the servants of David fell; and Uriah the Hittite died also.”
An illicit affair, an attempted cover up, the sacrifice of loyal subordinates. No, not Watergate, but Rabbah gates. But like the Watergate it was found out. Schemes and plans often do. But the whistle blower this time was not a reporter for The Post, but the Prophet Nathan. No leak, no paper trail, but rather the testimony of God was the evidence.
Are we like David? Do we try cover ups? God sees. But, I John 1:9 tells us, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Why hide the undeniable? Why conspire and plot, when it will in all likelihood just “dig you deeper?” David failed to see this. God always sees.