Welcome back everyone. Today's reading is from 2 Samuel 12-13
I think this chapter gives us instruction for how we can confront the ills and behaviors of our society today and at the same time instructs us on having people in our lives that can speak truth to us. Nathan's approach to getting David to see his sin was brilliant. He used another story to get David's emotions stirred. He apparently realized the nature of David's personality and his love for justice. When David hears the story he immediately makes the declaration that justice must be done to this man. Nathan then looks at him and says, "You are that man!" We can learn a lot from Nathan's tactics in trying to help a world wandering from God find him.
The second thing that stood out to me from this chapter is that David had Nathan there to speak into his life. Yes, Nathan was a prophet, and he probably feared having to share this news with David, nonetheless, he was there. How many of us put walls up around our lives that do not allow for people to speak truth into our lives? How many of us protect ourselves from people who may say things about our character, habits, or attitudes that we don't like to hear? This is a big take-away for all of us.
This story is a bit disturbing. Amnon is in love with his sister and rapes her when she rejects him. This is horrible for Tamar because in this culture, she is now defiled, and probably will never be married or have children. Take-away: We don't think about the consequences of our sins on other people's lives. Perhaps something we are doing or not doing is causing others to not live the life they were created for.