What practical key life learnings can we glean from the life of Nathan?
Context (2 Samuel 7 – 1 Kings 1): Nathan is one of my favorite Bible prophets and as a result we named our son Nathan. Nathan’s name means, “gift of God” and Nathan was certainly a gift of God to king David. Nathan spoke truth to David even when David didn’t want to hear it. Now that is the kind of friend that we all really need.
Key Life Learnings:
Speaking the truth in love is the greatest mark of a friend (2 Samuel 12:1-15): After David had Uriah killed and took Uriah’s wife, Bathsheba, to be his bride, God sent Nathan to David. Nathan told David a story about a man a rich man with many flocks and herds and a poor man with only one sheep. When a traveler came to the rich man’s home, instead of taking from his own flock, he took the poor man’s one sheep and prepared it for his guest. David was so angry at the story that he said that the rich man should be killed. At that point, Nathan accused David of being that man because he took the wife of poor Uriah and had Uriah killed. David was overcome with guilt and remorse and confessed his sin and repented.
We all need friends who are willing to tell us the truth even if we don’t want to hear it. Those are true friends. Ask your children if they have friends like that? When has a friend had to confront them about something they have done or not done? How did they feel? Would they be willing to confront one of their friends?
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