Who was Nathan in the Bible?
Nathan, the prophet, lived up to his name, “He[God] has given.” Nathan was a necessary and helpful gift from God to David. He served as God’s spokesman to David and proved himself a fearless friend and counselor, always willing to speak the truth, even when he knew great pain would result.
In confronting David’s multiple sin of coveting, theft, adultery and murder in his affair with Bathsheba, Nathan was able to help David see his own wrongdoing by showing that he would not have tolerated such actions from anyone else. David’s repentance allowed Nathan to comfort him with the reality of God’s forgiveness, and at the same time remind him of the painful consequences his sin would bring.
Nathan’s approach helps us judge our own actions. It shows us how often we condemn others for things that we also do. We need to ask how God and others would view our actions. Unfortunately, we have a huge capacity to lie to ourselves. God provides two safeguards against self-deception: His Word and true friends. Let God’s Word speak to you about yourself, even if the truth is painful. If you don’t have a friend like Nathan, as God for one.
Do you allow God’s Word to confront you even if it is painful? Do you know God? Do you know Jesus?
Are you certain that you are going to heaven? If the answer is no or your not really sure and there is something stirring inside you at this very moment to do this, then all you have to do is say a small prayer and you can be assured of your name being added to the Book of Life. Go to the prayer of salvation and pray the words out loud and believe in your heart and you will be saved.
Nathan’s story is told in 2 Samuel 7 – 1 Kings 1. He is also mentioned in 1 Chronicles 17:15; 2 Chronicles 9:29; 29:25
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