Virtual Kollage: The encounter between David and Prophet Nathan

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The encounter between David and Prophet Nathan

THE ENCOUNTER BETWEEN DAVID AND THE PROPHET NATHAN

After King David had impregnated Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife, he sent for Uriah from the battle field and tried to manipulate him into accepting the pregnancy as his. David tried to convince Uriah to go home so that any sexual encounter with his wife would be construed as making Uriah responsible for the pregnancy.

When David failed to pin the pregnancy of Uriah, he asked Joab to set him in the hottest part of the battle and withdraw from him. This action led to the death of Uriah. After Bathsheba had finished morning her husband, David married her ad bore him the son.

God was very angry with David because of what he had done. He sent Prophet Nathan to rebuke David for his sins. When Nathan got to David, he narrated the parable of the ewe lamb to him. Nathan said there were two men in a city, one was rich and the other was poor. The rich man had man a lot of flock but the poor man had only one ewe lamb. The poor man brought up his little ewe lamb and nourished it very well. The only ewe lamb ate from his hand and drunk from his cup. It laid in his bosom and it was like a daughter to him.  

One day, a traveler visited the rich man. The rich man did not feed his visitor with any of his flock, he rather went for the only ewe lamb belonging to the poor man and prepared a meal for his visitor.

When David heard this, he became very angry with the rich man. He proclaimed that the man who had done that deserved to die. Nathan quickly told David that he was the one.

David regretted his action. He pleaded for forgiveness. Nathan reminded David of all the Lord had done for him, making him a king over all of Israel, saving him from the hand of Saul, and giving him many wives and concubines. In spite of all these, he had killed Uriah with the sword of the Ammonites and had taken his wife.

Nathan told David that what he had done was a grievous one in the sight of God. He told him that the sword would never depart from his house. His neighbor would sleep with his wives in the open before the congregation. David pleaded for forgiveness and God forgave David but God said the child that was to be born would die because David had scorned the Lord.

SAMPLE QUESTIONS
1. What led to the encounter between David and Nathan.

2. Narrate the story in which David slept with Uriah's wife and killed him afterward.

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