Nathan Confronts David
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A Prophet, a King and a Lamb 56

Sinful Treatment of Bathsheba

Lamb Lying in GrassThe 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 and is spellbound by the story that Nathan tells. A wealthy landowner in the story in 2 Samuel 12 snatches a lamb which is almost a family pet from a poor man and slaughters 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 says, "I swear by the living Lord that the man who did this ought to die!" David says.✞

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 ploy succeeded totally. In a moment of truth, David accepted from Nathan what he could not have been told in a straightforward manner. Today's evangelist 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 - 2017

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