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Week 15 Day 7
Nathan the prophet knew
and so did others
what king David had done to Uriah
the sort of thing one tries to hide
to keep secret
we live in a time when we are often taught
it is wrong to experience guilt
yet guilt rightly responded to
brings us to repentance
leads to healing
reveals that our heart
can still be appealed to
stories are more than stories
they are revelations of ourselves
a mirror of who we are
a fragment of what we are like
a reflection of what we would like to be
stories can do what no amount of
a story simply told
a challenge directly made
led even a king
from unacknowledged guilt
to humble repentance
NATHAN'S STORY A tale that tore the king's heart and caused him to repent. II Samuel 12
1The Lord sent Nathan to David. He came, and said to him:
"There were two men in one city, one rich and the other poor.
2The rich man had exceedingly many flocks and herds. 3But
the poor man had nothing, except one little ewe lamb which he
had bought and nourished; it grew up together with him and
his children. It ate of his own food and drank from his own cup
and lay in his bosom. 4And a traveler came to the rich man,
who refused to take from his own flock; but took the poor man's
lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him."
5So David's anger was greatly aroused against the man and
he said to Nathan. "As the Lord lives, the man who has done
this shall surely die! 6He shall restore fourfold for the lamb, because he did this thing and had no pity."
7Nathan answered David, "You are the man! Thus says
the Lord God of Israel: 'I anointed you king over Israel, and I
delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave you your house
and your wives, and gave you the house of Israel and Judah.
If that had been too little, I also would have given you much
more! 9Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in His sight? You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and taken his wife to be your wife. 10Now
therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house.'"
13David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the Lord."
And Nathan said to David, "The Lord also has put away your
sin; you shall not die. 14However, because by this deed you
have given occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme,
the child also who is born to you shall surely die."
16David therefore pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground. 19When David saw that his servants were whispering, he perceived that the child was dead. 20So David arose from the ground, washed and anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then David went to his own house, and when he requested, they set food before him, and he ate. 22And he said, "While the child was alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, 'Who can tell whether the Lord will be gracious to me, that the child may live?' 23But now he is dead; can I bring him back again?"
24David comforted Bathsheba and went in to her and lay
with her. So she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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