Tuesday 15 September, 2020

2 Samuel 12:1-15

12 The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. 4 “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.” 5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.” 7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. 9 Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.’ 11 “This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. 12 You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’” 13 Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” Nathan replied, “The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. 14 But because by doing this you have shown utter contempt for the Lord, the son born to you will die.” 15 After Nathan had gone home, the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife had borne to David, and he became ill.

David was on a slippery slope downhill. Not only had he slept with another man’s wife but he then had her husband killed before taking her as his own wife. David was blind to his sin! There were several opportunities for David to stop and reflect on his actions and change his path but one sin led him to another. God sent Nathan along to explain to him what he had done and yet he still didn’t see it until Nathan blurted out – This man is you!

It’s easy for us to judge David but I wonder if sometimes we are on the same slippery slope towards sin ourselves and we just don’t see it. It often starts with a small slip up, which leads us to something greater and before we know it, we are well down the path of going against God’s intentions for us. All of this and we may not even be aware of how we have strayed.

Fortunately for David, God had mercy on him by sending Nathan to make him aware of what he was doing. What a blessing! Therefore, we should be asking God to speak to us also to open our eyes to see what God sees, to reveal to us the things that temptation and selfishness has blinded us to.

Dear God, in your loving mercy we ask that you reveal to each of us any sin that we may be committing. Open our eyes to see what you see. Amen

Written by Jocelyn Petschack

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