2 Samuel 12:1-9
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Bible Text: 2 Samuel 12:1-9 (ESV)
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.” 5 Then David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives, the man who has done this deserves to die, 6 and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.”
7 Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. 8 And I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your arms and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if this were too little, I would add to you as much more. 9 Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites.
2 Samuel 12:1-7
• Note the irony of David’s response: “David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man” in Nathan’s story and his response was, “the man who has done this deserves to die.”
• How would David have felt upon hearing the words, “You are the man”?
• When was the last time I had this kind of painful confrontation with the truth about my sins?
2 Samuel 12:7-9
• Reflect on the fact that to “do what is evil” is equivalent to “despis[ing] the word of the Lord” and the Lord himself (vv. 9 -10). To what extent do I appreciate that when I sin, I am sinning against God?
• How did David come to this point in his life where he despised God’s word and even committed adultery and murder? How can I guard myself against going down such a tragic path?