Monday, February 10, 2014

Bible Musings (2 Samuel)

Context: David had sinned against God by committing adultery with Bathsheba and then, when finding out that Bathsheba was pregnant, he attempted to cover his sin by having her husband killed. Nathan the prophet was then sent by God to David. (Additional back information: David's background before becoming the king is that of a shepherd).

"And the LORD sent Nathan to David. He came to him and said to him, 'There were tow men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. The rich man had very many flocks and herds, but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. And he brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children. It used to eat of his morsel and drink from his cup and lie in his arms, and it was a like a daughter to him. Now there cam a traveler to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take one of his own flock or her to prepare for the guest who had come to him, but he took the poor man's lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him." Then David's anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, 'As the LORD lives, the man who has done this deserves to die, and he shall restore to the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.' 

Nathan said to David, 'You are the man! Thus says the LORD the God of Israel, I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. And I gave you your master's house and your master's wives into your arms and gave you the house of the Israel and of Judah. And if this were too little, I would add to you as much more. Why have you despised the word of the LORD, to do what is evil in his sight?" 2 Samuel 2:1-9 (ESV)

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