Some Good News
(1Co 9:16-18 TS2009) For if I bring the Good News, it is no boasting for me, for necessity is laid on me, and it is woe to me if I do not bring the Good News! 9:17 For if I do this voluntarily I have a reward, but if not voluntarily, I am entrusted with a management. 9:18 What then is my reward? That in bringing the Good News, I should offer the Good News of Messiah without cost, so as not to abuse my authority in the Good News.
(1Ch 21:18-19 KJV) Then the angel of the Most High commanded Gad to say to David, that David should go up, and set up an altar unto the Most High in the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. 21:19 And David went up at the saying of Gad, which he spake in the name of the Most High.
[David had sinned in numbering the people and he has accepted the chastening of Yahweh over correction at the hand of man. Now he is walking in obedience.]
(1Ch 21:20-22 KJV) And Ornan turned back, and saw the angel; and his four sons with him hid themselves. Now Ornan was threshing wheat. 21:21 And as David came to Ornan, Ornan looked and saw David, and went out of the threshing floor, and bowed himself to David with his face to the ground. 21:22 Then David said to Ornan, Grant me the place of this threshing floor, that I may build an altar therein unto the Most High: thou shalt grant it me for the full price: that the plague may be stayed from the people.
[As king David could have used ‘eminent domain’ but as righteousness requires he is offing to pay the full price because he wishes to honor Yahweh.]
(1Ch 21:23-25 KJV) And Ornan said unto David, Take it to thee, and let my lord the king do that which is good in his eyes: lo, I give thee the oxen also for burnt offerings, and the threshing instruments for wood, and the wheat for the meat offering; I give it all.
[Ornan also wishes to have a part in stopping the plague.]
(1Ch 21:24-25 KJV) And king David said to Ornan, Nay; but I will verily buy it for the full price: for I will not take that which is thine for the Most High, nor offer burnt offerings without cost. 21:25 So David gave to Ornan for the place six hundred shekels of gold by weight.
[The sin was David’s and Torah says the sin offering cannot be a wild thing that costs the offender nothing. Thus it is with offering something that was given to you, for it cost you nothing to gather it.]
Codependency is a behavioral condition in a relationship where one person enables another person's addiction, poor mental health, immaturity, irresponsibility, or under-achievement. Among the core characteristics of codependency is an excessive reliance on other people for approval and a sense of identity. Definitions of codependency vary, but it is generally defined as a subclinical, situational, and/or episodic behavioral condition similar to that of dependent personality disorder. The term is less individually diagnostic and more descriptive of a relationship dynamic.
Medical Definition of codependency:a psychological condition or a relationship in which a person manifesting low self-esteem and a strong desire for approval has an unhealthy attachment to another person and places the needs of that person before his or her own
NOTE: In codependency, a person tries to satisfy the needs of another who is often controlling or manipulative and who may have an addictive or emotionally unstable personality. broadly : dependence on the needs of or control by another
[Codependency reminds me of the requirements for unconditional love. The human demanding that no matter how rebellious they are, how foolish the actions, that Yahweh must still bless them and keep them from harm. After all He gave them free choice.
David knew Yahweh said not to number the people, his associates reminded him of this fact, yet he insisted on his freedom of choice. As happens when those with authority insist of their own way those under them suffer for the choices of the leaders. Please note that David did not whine and plead to be let off the hook, but sought Yahweh’s path with a repentant heart, a heart looking for forgiveness and mercy, not justification or permissiveness. Nor was he willing to take the easy out offered him by Ornan.
We need to remember that it is we who need Yahweh and His gifts, not the other way around. After all He could just cause us to disappear and create new people. When we remember how He has struggled with Israel and Judah I cannot see how anyone would think Yahweh was dependent on us to the point He would break His own words in order to please one of us.
The Good News is a gift from our heavenly Father, the gift of forgiveness of sin if we are willing to acknowledge our sinfulness, and to set it aside and live as Yahweh requires. After this act of repentance comes forgiveness and entry into the courts of Yahweh, where our pleas and praises will be heard and dealt with.]