2011-07-11 - What Would Nathan Say?
Then David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD." Nathan replied, "The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die." (2 Samuel 12:13)
Not all the tasks of a prophet are pleasant. David was at a point where he needed some advising. God elected me to show David his sins. I had no idea how he would react. Even though I was speaking for God, David could become angry or defensive, and take his feelings out on me.
To soften the blow, I gave David an illustration about a rich man and a poor man, and how the rich man took for his guests the only lamb that the poor man had. The rich man had his choice of lambs, and did not have to take from the less fortunate. David was outraged at how a rich man could do such a thing, and that any man who is that devious should be put to death.
Then I told David he was the rich man in the story. He did not steal any lambs, but he stole Uriah's wife. The Lord had me remind David how God made him king, he had riches, and lived in a palace - and yet he took Bathsheba as his own, and then had Uriah killed.
Because of David's actions, God would have his household rebel against him, and his wives would be given to other men. David's deeds were done in secret, but God's judgment would be in public view. David confessed his sin and was forgiven by God. Although it is not easy to digest difficult news, I was grateful to see the transformation David made.
Lord, I receive Your forgiveness and take on the attributes of a changed and forgiven person. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Do you think it was harder for Nathan to talk to David, or was it tougher for David to hear Nathan's words?