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 

                                                       to deny 


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




     can do 


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
to do evil in His sight?  You have killed Uriah the Hittite
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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