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Thursday, May 1 2014

2 Samuel 12: The Parable Of The Stolen Little Ewe Lamb

"Nathan said to David, Thou art the man"

It was the time that Satan got closest to King David. First, by means of an act of adultery. Then, with a hideous premeditated murder.

David committed adultery with Bathsheba, the wife of a loyal and righteous soldier of David, while he was off fighting David's continuing war with the Ammonites (see 2 Samuel 10: The Ambassadors Incident). When the immoral incident (see also Leviticus 18: Sexual Abominations) was compounded by pregnancy, David attempted to cover it up by having Uriah murdered in battle (see 2 Samuel 11: Bathsheba, The Wife Of Uriah). David's army commander, Joab, was directly complicit in the murder.

No one, no one, gets away with anything (see So, You Think You Got Away With It?). The LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) knows the heart and the actions of everyone.

Nathan The LORD sent His prophet Nathan (an abbreviated form of Jonathan; see also The Prophets: Nathan) to confront the king (see the Fact Finder question below). Nathan used a parable that first of all made David realize, because he dropped his guard against Satan's influence, that he had become a hypocrite who crossed the line from Godly righteousness to Satanic self-righteousness (see also When Freedom Crosses The Line). David, the former shepherd, well-understood the significance of "one little ewe lamb."

"12:1 And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor. 12:2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds: 12:3 But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.

12:4 And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man's lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him." (2 Samuel 12:1-4 KJV)

David responded with righteous anger against the man "because he did this thing, and because he had no pity."

"12:5 And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die: 12:6 And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity." (2 Samuel 5-6 KJV)

Nathan then struck with a stunning rebuke: "Thou art the man."

"12:7 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; 12:8 And I gave thee thy master's house, and thy master's wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things. 12:9 Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. 12:10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.

12:11 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun. 12:12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun." (2 Samuel 12:7-12 KJV)

The major difference between King Saul, who the LORD rejected (see 1 Samuel 15: Saul's Impeachment), and King David, who was made king in place of Saul (see 1 Samuel 16: The Anointing Of David), was that David always repented when he did wrong. Saul only made self-serving excuses (e.g. see 1 Samuel 13: Saul's Burnt Offering).

For the sake of the Messiah who was prophesied to be born from the royal line of Judah (see Genesis 49: Jacob's Prophecy To Israel and Bethlehem In History And Prophecy), David was given to survive, not only as king, but also not put to death. It was however a very costly and painful experience for both David and Bathsheba.

"12:13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD.

And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. 12:14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.

12:15 And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah's wife bare unto David, and it was very sick. 12:16 David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth. 12:17 And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them.

12:18 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead?

12:19 But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead?

Bathsheba And they said, He is dead.

12:20 Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat. 12:21 Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread.

12:22 And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live? 12:23 But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me." (2 Samuel 12:13-23 KJV)

Bathsheba had first mourned the death of her husband (the Scriptures do not say whether or not she knew that Uriah was murdered by battle, not killed in battle), then the death of the baby. Both recovered however: "David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon." For the sake of David's purpose, "the LORD loved him."

"12:24 And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the LORD loved him. 12:25 And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called his name Jedidiah, because of the LORD." (2 Samuel 24-25 KJV)

The war against Ammon continued through the entire time and beyond.

"12:26 And Joab fought against Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and took the royal city. 12:27 And Joab sent messengers to David, and said, I have fought against Rabbah, and have taken the city of waters. 12:28 Now therefore gather the rest of the people together, and encamp against the city, and take it: lest I take the city, and it be called after my name.

12:29 And David gathered all the people together, and went to Rabbah, and fought against it, and took it. 12:30 And he took their king's crown from off his head, the weight whereof was a talent of gold with the precious stones: and it was set on David's head. And he brought forth the spoil of the city in great abundance. 12:31 And he brought forth the people that were therein, and put them under saws, and under harrows of iron, and under axes of iron, and made them pass through the brickkiln: and thus did he unto all the cities of the children of Ammon. So David and all the people returned unto Jerusalem." (2 Samuel 12:26-31 KJV)

Fact Finder: Who had a "spirit of confrontation" in the Bible?
See Who Has A Spirit Of Confrontation?


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This Day In History, May 1

305: The Roman emperor Diocletian abdicated together with his senior colleague Maximian; he retired to his palace at Split (in what centuries later became known as Yugoslavia).

408: Theodosius II succeeded to the throne of Constantinople.

524: King Sigismund of Burgundy was executed at Orleans after an 8-year reign. He was succeeded by his brother Godomar.

1006: The brightest supernova (exploding star) on record was observed. At maximum light it cast shadows at night and could be seen during the day. Scribes in Europe, the Middle East and the Orient recorded its appearance.

1308: Albert I (Hapsburg), Roman emperor, 58, was killed by his nephew John of Hapsburg, and 3 others. John was thereafter known as John the Parricide (it would be a century before anyone was again named John in the Hapsburg family). Over 1,000 innocent family members of Albert's killers were executed by the Hapsburgs for the murder.

1486: Christopher Columbus convinced Queen Isabella of Spain to fund an expedition to the "New World" (which ended up merely becoming a copy of the same old world; see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

1514: Niklaus Kopernig (Copernicus), Polish scientist, circulated a manuscript The Little Commentary, in which he questioned the accepted Aristotelian system and suggested a (correct) sun-centered system with a moving Earth.

Copernicus 1707: Scotland, Wales and England were joined together under the name of Great Britain.

1759: Josiah Wedgwood established the Wedgwood pottery company in Britain.

1849: The Convention of Balta Liman. Russian and Turkish (i.e. Ottoman; listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) agreement concerning the government of the principalities of Moldavia and Walachia (in present-day Romania) after an uprising there in 1849.

1851: Queen Victoria opened the first Great Exhibition in the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park, London.

1873: David Livingstone, Scottish missionary and explorer (of the famous "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" by Sir Henry Stanley), was found dead at Chitambo, now in Zambia.

1876: The Royal Titles Bill was passed by the British Parliament, entitling Queen Victoria to call herself Empress of India.

1908: The world's most intense rainfall on record, 2.47" in 3 minutes, at Portobelo, Panama.

1915: During the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the ocean liner Lusitania left New York as the German Embassy was warning anyone traveling on British ships that they did so at their own risk. It was sunk by a German submarine six days later.

1925: Cyprus officially became a British colony. It had been leased to Britain by Turkey (i.e. the Ottoman Empire; listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) in 1878 and was annexed to the British Empire at the start of the First World War in 1914.

1944: The German Messerschmitt Me 262, the first combat jet, made its first flight.

1945: German radio officially announced that Adolf Hitler had died (by suicide) in Berlin the day before (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1945: High-ranking Nazi Paul Goebbels, 48, and his family, died the day after Hitler killed himself: Goebbels' 6 children were given lethal injections, and then he and his wife, at their request, were each shot twice in the back of the head by a Nazi Storm Trooper. The bodies were then doused with gasoline and set on fire.

1960: Russia shot down a U.S. high-altitude U-2 spy plane piloted by Francis Gary Powers. He was later exchanged for a Russian spy who had been captured in New York.

1961: Cuban leader Fidel Castro declared Cuba a socialist nation and abolished elections.

1963: Sir Winston Churchill announced his retirement from the House of Commons.

1982: British forces began the recovery of the Falkland Islands from Argentina.

1982: In Poland, 50,000 supporters of the "Solidarity" labor union demonstrated in Warsaw against military rule.

1986: Canada's first artificial heart transplant was done at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. Dr. Wilbert Keon performed the operation on Noella Leclair, 41. The implanted heart, the Jarvik-7, served as a bridge until a human heart became available on May 8.

1993: Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa died of injuries suffered in a bomb blast during a May Day procession.

1997: Tony Blair was elected Prime Minister of Britain. The Labor Party won a landslide victory over the Conservative Party of Prime Minister John Major, ending 18 years of Conservative rule.

2011: Saudi Arabian terrorist leader Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. commandos during a raid into Pakistan.


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