A man with a focus: Learning from Prophet Nathan

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A man with a focus: Learning from Prophet Nathan

Abigail Gabriels November 24, 2018

 

Prophet Nathan lived in the times of King David. He was a courier of God's message to King David. God placed Nathan in the life of David for a strategic purpose.  I  believe that he bonded with the family of David down the line his career as a prophet.

 

Nathan was one of the prophets who teaches us that God communicates steadily with His people. He received timely messages from God. His first assignment to David is found in 1 Chronicles 17. God found David's idea of building Him a house kind, considerate and thoughtful. That touched the heart of God. He had not found anyone who came up with this kind of thoughtfulness of building the Lord's Ark a house. The Lord's response to David was that his seed would be the executioner of his idea. 

 

“Now then, tell my servant David, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says: I took you from the pasture, from tending the flock, and appointed you ruler over my people Israel. 9 I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name great, like the names of the greatest men on earth. 10 And I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as they did at the beginning 11 and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders[a] over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies.“‘The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you:12 When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

2 Samuel 7:8-13

The first message about the construction the temple for God was delivered by Prophet Nathan successfully.

 

Then the Prophet was called up to deliver a tough message. It was his second message to David. David who spoke regularly to God in Psalms and worship had fallen into sin. He committed adultery with another man's wife. Killed the husband to cover up.  Then the Lord spoke to Nathan about it.

It was a tough message, but Prophet Nathan spoke in truth and fearlessly. He delivered the message, nothing short of what the Lord sent him. 

 

~He told David that the Lord said David's son will be the one to build him a house -  (2 Samuel 7:4-17)  

~Sent to David after David committed adultery. He delivered God's message to David, and David repented (2 Samuel 12:1-10)

~In repentance, David was moved to sing and write  Psalm 51

~The Lord sent him to David, gave their child Solomon, Jedidah.  (2 Samuel 12:24-25) 

~Nathan lobbied for Solomon to become king despite opposition from Absalon (1 King 1 11-34)

~David  named one of his child Nathan (1 Chronicle 3:5)

 

 


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