“You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites.”
2 Samuel 12:9 NIV
This is the episode after David had arranged to have Uriah killed - and Nathan, who was first and foremost a real friend of God but also a true friend of David, told David what he did not want to hear, but what he had to accept if he was ever going to fully step into the calling of God on His life.
How David responded to the 'prophetic' truth telling would define his whole future and the future of a nation ......
We then come to the other truth - we do not have to do the deed to be guilty of doing the deed!
( 2 Sam 12:9 )
David did not personally kill Uriah - but he was the murderer. "YOU KILLED HIM - even though it was the sword of another that actually ended his life.
Some sobering points to reflect on:
1. How to we respond to truths that we may not want to hear or perhaps that we are hiding from or in denial about? These will be moments that define us and our relationship with God our future character and fruitfulness.
2. Do we have people who are sufficiently close to God and true enough friends to us to speak 'prophetic' truth?
3. Are we such people?
4. Are there things in our lives that although we did not personally or actually 'do the deed' we are nonetheless guilty of before God?
“Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.”
2 Samuel 12:13 NIV