Background: Even the wise, compassionate and brave King David could make poor decisions and rebel against God. In this case instead of going to war with his armies, David stayed home. While at home he stole another man’s wife and arranged to have her husband killed on the battle front. God was very displeased with David and send Nathan the prophet to confront David.
Ask the children…
Nathan told King David a story about a wealthy sheepherder who stole from the one sheep that a poor man had in order to serve to wealthy man’s guests. How did David react to this story?
“David was furious. ‘As surely as the Lord lives,’ he vowed, ‘any man who would do such a thing deserves to die!’” (2 Samuel 12:5)
What did Nathan say to King David ?
“Then Nathan said to David, ‘You are that man! … For you have murdered Uriah the Hittite with the sword of the Ammonites and stolen his wife. 10 From this time on, your family will live by the sword because you have despised me by taking Uriah’s wife to be your own.'” (2 Samuel 12:7, 9-10)
Nathan the prophet is one of my favorite Biblical men. I even named my son Nathan. Nathan was willing to confront King David and tell him the truth and thereby risking his own life in order to restore David’s. Fortunately King David reacted well and confessed his sin and was forgiven by the Lord.
We all need friends like Nathan who will confront us when we sin. Ask your children if they have friends like that? When was the last time they were confronted? How did they react? Encourage them to tell a friend that they have their permission to confront them if they see them disobeying God.
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