Bowie Apostolic Church
Day 2: Thou art the Man
by From the Pastor's Desk on April 2nd, 2013

2 Samuel 12:1 And the LORD sent Nathan to David. He came to him and said to him, “There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had very many flocks and herds, 3 but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. And he brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children. It used to eat of his morsel and drink from his cup and lie in his arms, and it was like a daughter to him. 4 Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the guest who had come to him, but he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.” 

Many see the ministry of Jesus Christ and His use of parables as unique to Him in scripture, but it was something that was used by prophets fairly regularly. Being God manifested in the flesh, Jesus is the source of all prophetic ministries. God is the source of prophecy. Whether it is an Old Testament prophetic parable or a New Testament one, the source is the same.

In today’s parable, we see another prophetic parable. This one was given to King David by a prophet by the name of Nathan. Nathan was the one who originally prophesied promises to David confirming that his kingdom would be an everlasting kingdom. Initially, Nathan had nothing but good things to say about David. But David brought the judgment of sin upon his own house. He was unfaithful to his wife, committed adultery with another man’s wife (Uriah the Hittite), got her pregnant, and ultimately had the husband killed. This was all done in secret, but nothing is done that God cannot see. God sent Nathan the prophet to confront David.

The message began as a parable, but David had no idea it was a parable let alone that it was a parable directed at him. Nathan begins to tell the story of two men, one rich and one poor (representing Uriah and David). The rich man represented David and all his resources. The poor man represented Uriah whom only had an average existence with his one and only precious wife. In the parable, the rich man took the poor man’s lamb even though he had comparatively unlimited resources without having to take advantage of the less fortunate. The point of this parable was that David stole from Uriah what was precious. The parable doesn’t even go into how the poor man was killed.

David (being completely oblivious to the fact that this was talking about him) becomes enraged at the accusation of this insensitive “rich man” who exploits the less fortunate. He did not realize that he was being enraged at his own sin. In verse 7, Nathan identifies the cruel man as David when he says (in the King James) “Thou art the man.” 

Many times we can’t see ourselves past our own self justification and cover ups. But it is the light of the word of God from a prophet or the scriptures themselves that sheds light on all of our deeds. If the same things that we have done in secret in the past were done openly by another, of course we would be so critical and judgmental. The next time we begin to pick up the stone to cast, we should think about how many times we have done things that were not pleasing to God. Sometimes we have been forgiven of far worst things, but we are not willing to give forgiveness to others.

Posted in Bible 2013, Parables    Tagged with Nathan, David


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