You Are The Man

“You Are The Man” by Kirk Hunt

And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die: And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man.

2 Samuel 12: 5, 7a (KJV)
(Please read 2 Samuel 12:1-14)

The parable of the greedy rich man incited righteous indignation and sanctimonious anger in David. The king wanted to seek justice against such a gross and merciless sinner. At that moment, Nathan sprung God’s ambush on David.

At this point in his life, David had written a great number of Psalms. He clearly knew and understood Scripture. David could even boast of a deep and intimate relationship with God.

Could David think God would not notice his adultery and the cover-up murder? Did David think his history gave him a license to sin? Perhaps David expected being king exempted him from accountability?

Nathan boldly confronted the king on his throne and in front of the court. The parable served to strip away the illusions that shielded David from his sins. Caught in his own error, David pronounced the very sentence he ought to suffer.

No matter what you have been through, you are not excused. No matter how high you have risen, you remain accountable. “Don’t be that guy (or gal).”

Think: No matter where I have been, or where I am, I remain accountable.

Pray: “Father-God, help me to turn from sin; right here, right now.”

Copyright © March 2011, Kirk Hunt

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4 thoughts on “You Are The Man”

  1. The Psalm he wrote in confessing his sin is amazing: “Against you only have I sinned.” That was a strong statement considering that he had actually sinned against many people, including murdering his mistress’s husband in cold blood. All sin is first and foremost an offense against God, so much so that although we have hurt others, it pales in comparison.

    I’m also in awe of Nathan’s boldness in confronting David. He easily could have been killed, just like Bathsheba’s husband. Instead of bowing to fear of the king, he obeyed God in confronting the king, fully aware of the potential ramifications.

  2. David also confessed his sin, once he became convicted of it. THAT is the reason why God promoted him over Saul. Thanks for reading. -Kirk

  3. i thought he was anointed king as a young shepherd boy??? or are you saying God said it was time for a change when Saul started messing up??the people demanded a king, and guess what??saul was the punishment to a rebellious people.

  4. David was anointed young, but only after Saul had proven his lack of repentance, even after confrontation and conviction. 1 Samuel 16:1 records that God first rejected Saul, then sent Samuel to anoint David. David’s willingness to confess and repent is the difference between the two kings. See also this and that for other devotionals on King Saul.

    Israel’s request for a king is (to me) a seperate issue from the obedience and faithfulness of the king that ruled.

    Thanks for reading, Big Daddy.

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