David’s Rebuke

2 Samuel 12:1-7

The LORD sent Nathan to David. He came to him, and said to him, “There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. The rich man had very many flocks and herds, but the poor man had nothing, except one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and raised. It grew up together with him, and with his children. It ate of his own food, drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was to him like a daughter.  A traveler came to the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man who had come to him, but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed it for the man who had come to him.”  David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the LORD lives, the man who has done this is worthy to die.  He shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.” Nathan said to David, “You are the man!”

As a prophet of the Lord, Nathan was required to confront sin.  Even if it was the kings sin. This took courage and tact to do so.  From these scriptures above, I have two main lessons that I want to share with everyone.

First, that David was so numb to the sin he committed when he had Uriah killed and married Bathsheba.  David could not realize that the man in the story was himself.  Sometimes you need to take a step back in life and understand that you were once a horrible sinner and committed a multitude of sins.  Just because you are in a better place either spiritually, financially, or any other way, you are not better than anyone else.  We all sin and fall short of God’s glory. You must always remember to be humble or someone else will humble you.

Secondly, sometimes you will have to present someone with bad news.  A family member, friend, or co-worker.  Pray for wisdom and clarity to present the message to them.  If you want a positive reaction to the message, you will have to phrase it properly.  Many times it is not what you say, but how you say it that can make a negative message bearable.

I pray that both these short lessons help someone out today.  Please have a blessed day y’all!  

6 thoughts on “David’s Rebuke

  1. That’s a good point, he was oblivious to Nathan’s analogy. And David was a very wise man of God…i think it highlights how ehen we are entrenched in a sin, we really can’t process clearly like we can when we are washed clean by Jesus. Good insight!


      1. Definitely agreed, as iron sharpens iron. One other thing I noticed, once God using Nathan peeled back the outer layer of sin David was indulging in, i think we see his a glimpse of his real heart. He was obviously furious at anyone who would mistreat someone as Nathan illustrated. God used that against him (eg Matt 7:2), but still, David deep down had a heart that loved Gods justice. I think it was one if those “what i hate, i do” (Rom 7:15) stories for David. At least I like to imagine it was a choice that would fall in that bucket. Maybe it wasnt and therr were more systemic sin issues going on in his heart. I love David and I hope that was what happened. God never let him forget it though! God’s reaction is like like a spouse that has been cheated on, and he had been. God bless you too!


      2. Agreed, as iron sharpens iron. I think also that as God using Nathan pulled back the onion layers of David in this moment, we see his deep heart that would have the kings fury at anyone who committed such an atrocity as Nathan illustrated in his parable. Deep down I think he loved God’s justice, but God used that against him (Matt 7:2). I like to think this was a story of David’s life where what he wanted to do he didn’t do, but what he hated he did (Romans 7:15). I love David and think he had a good heart for God, especially reading Psalm 51 as the after story of this encounter with Nathan and God. But God never seemed to let David forget this. God’s reaction reminds me of Ezekiel 23 and 16 and Jeremiah 2, he rails as a spouse that has been cheated on. Wow. Blessings to you!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.