Men of the Bible Series: Nathan (II Samuel 12:1-7)
David was described as a man after God’s own heart (I Samuel 13:14; Acts 13:22). Although King David did have his weak and embarrassing moments, he died a faithful man of God. David was accompanied by three men (Samuel, Nathan, and Gad) who influenced his life. Each of these prophets gave David the LORD’s direction for his life and each one had a special place at that time in his life. He had a prophet by his side to guide him, advise him, and correct during his reign over Israel. One of the prophets can be seen at the beginning, in the middle, and at the very end of David’s reign. This prophet’s name was Nathan. Nathan bore the responsibility of representing the will and wishes of God. Nathan was faithful to deliver God’s messages.
After reaching the apex of success and leading his nation to peace, prosperity, and power, David sank into sin. David caved into a giant named lust that lived within in his heart. He committed adultery with a married woman and got her pregnant, and then, in an effort to cover up that sin, David had her husband put to death. For almost a year, David kept his sin hidden within his heart. God sent Nathan the prophet, a man David respected to confront his sin. Nathan came in with a story about a rich man with many sheep who took the only lamb belonging to a poor neighbor to feed a man who was just passing through. Nathan stressed the fact that the poor man’s lamb was precious to him and represented all that he had in this world. When David heard this story, he was furious! He demanded that the rich man restore the poor man four-fold, and then he ordered the rich man to be executed. Nathan looks at him and says, “Thou art the man!” It’s you David! David received counsel, advice, and reproof from Nathan. What Nathan told David was not easy, however, it was from the Lord and it was what David needed (II Samuel 7:17).
Sin's pleasure never outweighs its devastating consequences. Never allow the devil to deceive you concerning the devastating results of sin. Sin never has positive results. Never think for a minute that sin can be successfully hidden away forever. The reality is that there are no secret sins. God knows exactly where it is buried and when the time is right, He will place His finger right on the sore spot and He will press. He will confront that hidden sin and expose it for what it is! Please examine your life today.
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If you are ready to come to the Lord today, then do so without delay. If you are a Christian but you have been wayward in your walk with the Lord, then turn back to the Lord and be strengthened.
PRAYER: Father forgive me for the faults and failures in my life. I desire to lead a holy life that brings pleasure to You. Thank You for accepting me as Your child and help lead me to a life a purity. In Jesus name, Amen.
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