2 Samuel 12:1-7 New International Version (NIV)
Nathan Rebukes David
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. Thursday, July 9 - 2 Samuel 12:1-7a Our Need for God’s word not only reveals His love for us, but also our brokenness. Jesus died for us. That means we need saving! We are broken and need fixing. David is confronted by God’s word through the prophet Nathan. Nathan says, “You are the man.” God’s word points out David’s broken heart and how he has been abusing the weak, poor and innocent. When we are hiding our sin and covering things up we take the easy way by running away from God’s word, the thing we need the most. We don’t want to be confronted. We want to get angry at all those other people in the world who are immoral, unjust, wicked, and corrupt like all the D.C. politicians!!! God’s word will not let us escape, though. You are the man! You are guilty. You need a savior. No wonder it is a miracle that anyone has faith. We have to admit we are broken!