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Sunday, November 8, 2020

david-and-nathan[1]2 Samuel 11 and 12 and Psalm 51

Sin and Parable – Part I

Have mercy on me, oh God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.

One of the most famous stories in scripture is that of David’s complicated sin of lust, adultery and murder. The most intriguing portion of this story is the way in which the prophet Nathan carefully, but firmly, points out to his king that a grave breech of the covenant with Yahweh has been made. David is far too intelligent and too spiritual to walk away from the opportunity that Nathan offers, the opportunity to admit to transgression, to see the multiple sins he has committed, to ask forgiveness, and to repent with sincerity. This is what makes David truly great. He is so human that when he sins, he tries to cover up these willful acts, and we can identify with this. But when confronted by the truth, he admits his guilt and seeks forgiveness. This may be the difficult part for us, asking forgiveness for those things which hide so deeply in our depths that we may not even recognize that they are there.

Enter the name Nathan in the blog search bar to discover more about this prophet and to consider what he might have to say to us today.

Tomorrow, more thoughts on David as we explore Jesus’ parables. 

Adapted from a reflection written on February 13, 2008. 

Image from: http://nathanhart.org/rivulets/david-bathsheba-nathan-and-god/

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