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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Bible Lesson: Parables Of The Old Testament: Nathans Parable Of The Poor Mans Lamb.

Bible Lesson: Parables Of The Old Testament: Nathans Parable Of The Poor Mans Lamb.

Bible Location: Jerusalem.

Bible Text:

II Samuel 12:1-22 NLT
(Nathan Rebukes David)

1 So The Lord sent Nathan the prophet to tell David this story: “There were two men in a certain town. One was rich, and one was poor.
2 The rich man owned a great many sheep and cattle.
3 The poor man owned nothing but one little lamb he had bought. He raised that little lamb, and it grew up with his children. It ate from the man’s own plate and drank from his cup. He cuddled it in his arms like a baby daughter.
4 One day a guest arrived at the home of the rich man. But instead of killing an animal from his own flock or herd, he took the poor man’s lamb and killed it and prepared it for his guest.”

(Read the full story of David, Uriah, and Bathsheba in II Samuel chapter 11.)

What was the result of Nathans parable, upon King David?

5 David was furious. “As surely as The Lord lives,” he vowed, “any man who would do such a thing deserves to die!
6 He must repay four lambs to the poor man for the one he stole and for having no pity.”

Nathans reply:

7 Then Nathan said to David,
You are that man! The Lord, The God Of Israel, says: I anointed you king of Israel and saved you from the power of Saul.
8 I gave you your master’s house and his wives and the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. And if that had not been enough, I would have given you much, much more.
9 Why, then, have you despised The Word Of The Lord and done this horrible deed? For you have murdered Uriah the Hittite with the sword of the Ammonites and stolen his wife.

Proverbs 5:21 KJV
For the ways of man are before the eyes of The Lord, and He pondereth all His goings.

Proverbs 6:32,33 KJV
32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.
33 A wound and dishonor shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.

Proverbs 15:3 KJV
The eyes of The Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

10 From this time on, your family will live by the sword because you have despised Me by taking Uriah’s wife to be your own.
11 “This is what The Lord says: Because of what you have done, I will cause your own household to rebel against you. I will give your wives to another man before your very eyes, and he will go to bed with them in public view (Absalom).
12 You did it secretly, but I will make this happen to you openly in the sight of all Israel.”

(David Confesses His Sin)

13 Then David confessed to Nathan, “I have sinned against The Lord.”

(David a man, who openly confessed his sin, and sought The Lord's forgiveness, this is why Samuel said...
I Samuel 13:14 NLT
"... The Lord has sought out a man after His own heart. The Lord has already appointed him to be the leader of His people...")

Nathan replied,
Yes, but The Lord has forgiven you, and you won’t die for this sin.

Lamentations 3:22 KJV
It is of The Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions* fail not.

*Compassions-Hebrew: Racham (Raw-kham): To love, show mercy, pity.

14 Nevertheless, because you have shown utter contempt for The Word Of The Lord by doing this, your child will die.”

(Galatians 6:7 KJV
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.)

15 After Nathan returned to his home, The Lord sent a deadly illness to the child of David and Uriah’s wife.

Can The Lord send illness?

Psalm 145:17 KJV
The Lord is righteous in all His ways, and holy in all His works.

Isaiah 55:8,9 KJV
8 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith The Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.

Romans 11:33,34 KJV
33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!
34 For who hath known the mind of The Lord? or who hath been His counselor?

16 David begged God to spare the child. He went without food and lay all night on the bare ground.
17 The elders of his household pleaded with him to get up and eat with them, but he refused.

18 Then on the seventh day the child died. David’s advisers were afraid to tell him. “He wouldn’t listen to reason while the child was ill,” they said. “What drastic thing will he do when we tell him the child is dead?”

19 When David saw them whispering, he realized what had happened. “Is the child dead?” he asked.
Yes,” they replied, “he is dead.”

20 Then David got up from the ground, washed himself, put on lotions, and changed his clothes. He went to the Tabernacle and worshiped The Lord. After that, he returned to the palace and was served food and ate.

21 His advisers were amazed. “We don’t understand you,” they told him. “While the child was still living, you wept and refused to eat. But now that the child is dead, you have stopped your mourning and are eating again.”

22 David replied, “I fasted and wept while the child was alive, for I said, ‘Perhaps The Lord will be gracious to me and let the child live.’
23 But why should I fast when he is dead? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him one day, but he cannot return to me.”

Numbers 32:23 KJV
" sure your sin will find you out.

Psalm 90:12 KJV
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.