Scripture reference: 2 Samuel 12: 1-14 (read here)
Oliver B. Greene shows us another unpopular preacher….
“Nathan was an unpopular preacher. His text was: “Thou Art the Man!” (II Sam. 12:7) ”
In this modern age, it’s not popular for a preacher to point people out or call their names. It seems that it’s not popular to point out that homosexuality is a sin; or to say that two people living together that aren’t married is a sin. In most circumstances, divorce is a sin, (though, there may be some legitimate reasons for divorce.)
But, I believe that Nathan didn’t care if he was popular or not. Nathan looked the king in the eye and said, “Thou art the man.” It didn’t matter to Nathan whether it was kings or peasants; he had a message from God to deliver… and he delivered it. You see, David thought he got away with murder. He thought he got away with sinning with Bathsheba. And maybe he could have in the eyes of man, but not from God.
Some people may say that Nathan “ambushed” David. If we were to confront somebody today about their sins, they would say, “You ambushed me, ” or “This is none of your business.” I would rather be confronted by God’s preacher about something now than to believe that I got away with it and have to give an account to God for it later. It would be better for God’s preacher to hold you accountable here so that you could repent.
I’m glad that there are still preachers that will reveal sin as sin. There have been times when God’s man has revealed to me that I have messed up and sinned. At the time, I didn’t like it very much; but now, I’m grateful.
Spiritually speaking, we have to learn to take it on the chin. It may hurt at the time, but we’ll get over it.
Just something to think about.
Until next time…
-Steven Walker Sr.