2 Samuel 12:1-4
1 Then the Lord sent Nathan to David. And he came to him and said, “There were two men in one city, the one rich and the other poor. 2 “The rich man had a great many flocks and herds. 3 “But the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb Which he bought and nourished; And it grew up together with him and his children. It would eat of his bread and drink of his cup and lie in his bosom, And was like a daughter to him. 4 “Now a traveler came to the rich man, And he was unwilling to take from his own flock or his own herd, To prepare for the wayfarer who had come to him; Rather he took the poor man’s ewe lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.”
Nathan’s parable communicated a simple truth that could be applied to the sin in David’s life. Nathan meant for each of these details about the poor man and his lamb to provoke King David’s sympathy for the victim and outrage for the sin and set the stage for David’s confession.
The poor man’s attachment to his one lamb was that of a family member with his children. The rich man’s conduct clearly was terrible. Nothing could justify such behavior. Israel’s law demanded that poor, vulnerable people be protected and not exploited A. As king, David was especially accountable for protecting his vulnerable citizens. He was not to allow such clear violations of God’s law, much less commit them!
Believers should expect to be confronted by the Holy Spirit about their sins. The confrontation may arise from self-examination using the Bible and OT & NT commandments A1, Bible study B, the inner voice of conviction by the Holy Spirit guiding you into truth about your sin C, or other concerned believers, preachers or teachers D. God will not stand by silently when His children fall into sinful behavior.
Today we have the Bible, the Holy Spirit, preachers and teachers to confront us; God does not let us get away with sin? If we do not confront ourselves through self-examination; we make it more likely that someone else will confront us?
Henry Luke 7/18/2018