Nathan Rebukes David

I have just been reading Samuel 12: 1-12.

This story about David from the Bible has a very important message for everyone today.

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“So the Lord sent Nathan the prophet to tell David this story. ‘There were two men in a certain town.

One was rich, and one was poor. The rich man owned a great many sheep and cattle. The poor man owned nothing but one little lamb he had bought.

He raised that little lamb, and the lamb grew up with his children. It ate from  the man’s own plate and drank from his cup.

He carried it in his arms like a baby daughter.

One day a guest arrived at the home of the rich man. But instead of killing an animal from his own flock or herd, he took the poor man’s lamb and killed it and prepared it for his guest.”

David was furious. “As surely as the Lord lives,” he vowed, “any man who would do such a thing deserves to die! He must repay four lambs to the poor man for the one he stole and for having no pity.”

Then Nathan said to David, “You are that man! The Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king of Israel and saved you from the power of Saul. I gave you your master’s house and his wives and the kingdom of Israel and Judah.

And if that had not been enough, I would have given you much, much more.

Why then, have you despise the word of the Lord and done this terrible deed? For you have murdered Uriah the Hittite with the sword of the Ammonites and stolen his wife.

From this time on, your family will live by the sword because you have despised me by taking Uriah’s wife to be your own.’

“This is what the Lord says: ‘because of what you have done, I will cause your own household to rebel against you. I will give your wives to another man before your very eyes, and he will go to bed with them in public view.

You did it secretly, but I’ll make this happen to you openly in the sight of all Israel.”

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Think about it and you will understand how this story is relevant in our own lives today.

Our society, sadly, has not moved on since those days of David!

 

With many peaceful blessings

Geoffrey

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