"And the Lord sent Nathan to David. He (Nathan) came and said to him (David)."
II Samuel 12: 1
"The Man With The Message"
"There is great force hidden in a gentle command."
How would I have liked to have been Nathan and have God come to me and send me with a message to the King of Israel, David?
What qualities would a person like Nathan have to have incorporated into his life to be so bold?
"You can't lead anyone else further than you have gone yourself."
"The awareness of a need and the capacity to meet that need: this constitutes a call."
John R. Mott
During the last three years, we have been studying the lives of ALL the women in the Bible, named and unnamed. However, there are times when a story covers so much territory, and the lives of the characters are so intertwined, it would be a huge mistake to look only at the women's lives and not delve into the study of other individuals who were critical to the complete portrayal of what was taking place.
As we found out, it was impossible to study the lives of all the women in the life of Moses without looking at the characteristics present in his life, too. And the same thing can be said for Joseph, and now David. This is why we studied the life of Uriah the Hittite. I hope it helped you, as it did me, to understand, in more complete detail just what a stellar person this valiant soldier was.
Today, we will look at the life of another person named Nathan the prophet, who played a pivotal role in the lives of both David and Bathsheba.
First, though, I want to look at the three specific words found in our text today. They are: sent, came, and said.
We found out that the vile acts of David displeased God, who saw every rotten thing David had done. So God sent, or as the Hebrew states, "appointed" Nathan the prophet, to "go to" the palace and to say, or as the Hebrew tells us "plainly declare," a message from God to King David.
For just a moment I want you to think about how you would have felt had God come to you and said, "I've appointed you to go to the President of your country and speak plainly to him or her?" Fortunately, Nathan was known to David. The Bible tells us he was a prophet in David's court who was God's mouthpiece. And it is apparent from other encounters David had with Nathan, that David not only respected, but trusted Nathan. Yet, in my opinion, this didn't make Nathan's job any easier. How do you and I like being "called out" by those who are closest to us? It isn't pleasant and if I'd been Nathan, after getting the drift of what God intended for me to say to David, I might have wanted to back out and let God find someone else to bear His message. But at this moment in history, God needed Nathan. He was the messenger who had the message God needed delivered. And as Richard Parker so beautifully wrote, "God doesn't call people who are qualified. He calls people who are willing and then He qualifies them." Nathan was God's choice. And God qualified him to handle a very serous situation. What happened when God sent Nathan into David's throne room was that God gave the right message to a messenger He knew would follow His will.
As we look around today, both in the commercial realm as well as the spiritual, there appears to be a dearth of leadership. There aren't many who, without hesitation, will accept God's invitation, God's call, no matter where it leads them. How sad, for we need more individuals like Nathan.
From the life of Nathan, we find that the willingness to follow God's voice whenever and wherever it leads is all that is necessary for us to accomplish heaven's purposes in our lives. As one writer penned, "The will of God will never take us where the grace of God cannot keep us." All we have to do is look at the life of Nathan to know these words are true.
AFFIRMATION "Save us, Jesus, from hurrying away,
because we do not wish to help,
because we know not how to help,
because we dare not.
Inspire us to use our lives serving one another."
A New Zealand Prayer Book
"O God, our Creator,
who gave us all that we are and have:
release us from self-love
to be able to share
what we are
what we know
what we have
with one another
and in the world which you love.
In the name of Christ, who makes this a possibility."
Christian Conference of Asia
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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