I can imagine the king of Israel sitting there on his throne, brow furrowed, sporting a consistent head nod. It was impossible for this youngest son of Jesse to not be drawn into the story that Nathan was verbally painting. A wealthy man had orchestrated and executed a sinister plot that resulted in the robbery of a poor and oppressed man. By the conclusion of the prophet’s tragic tome the anger of the king burned nuclear. His head nod had subsided into a frozen glaring grimace as he thought of this great injustice happening on his watch, in his kingdom. David had been moved to apply Nathan’s sermon. The poet-warrior declared, “As the Lord lives, the man who has done this deserves to die…because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.” It is at this moment that the brave messenger of God delivers news that is chalked full of irony that outweighs any Hitchcockian tale….
“You are the man.”
My friends we are David. When we listen to our shepherds bring forth the Word of God we think others. We are ready to apply our lessons into the life of our brethren. We never think for a moment that Scripture is talking about us when it speaks harshly of the…
- The jealous and murderous son of Adam
- The correction-hating fool of Proverbs
- The camel-swallowing Pharisees
- The politically-astute Sadducees
- The mob-pleasing Pilate and Herod
- The glory-seeking Ananias and Sapphira
No, all the villains in the Bible are our villains. They are Catholics, emergents, the liberals, and the God-hating atheistic scientists. Right? They have nothing to say to us? Right?
Wrong. You are the man. Take the counsel of Kierkegaard who advises, “When you read God's Word, you must constantly be saying to yourself, ''It is talking to me, and about me.'' Learn from David. Nathan is talking to you.