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True Evangelistic Style

Lamb Lying in GrassThe story of the pet lamb continues. The prophet Nathan and David have a confrontation over David's sinful treatment of Bathsheba. King David is not approached directly but indirectly by the prophet in true evangelistic style and the king is spellbound by the story that Nathan tells of the pet lamb. The wealthy landowner in the story in 2 Samuel 12 snatched a lamb which was almost a family pet from a poor man and slaughtered it for a banquet for a visitor. By this time, King David obviously felt that Nathan's story sounded so realistic that it must be true and vowed revenge upon this greedy and cruel overseer. He said, "I swear by the living Lord that the man who did this ought to die!".✞

True Evangelistic Style

At this point, the prophet Nathan cleverly makes his application in true evangelistic style. "You are that man!" It hits its mark, the accusation succeeded totally. In a moment of truth, David accepted from Nathan what he could not have been told in a straightforward manner. Today's evangelists should seek to hit their mark in a similar fashion. Parables are a good way to achieve that.✞

"Nathan Confronts David"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2018

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