“God said to Abraham, kill me a son….and this is all out on Highway 61.” Bob Dylan
There is nothing like having a pain in the butt prophet on your ass and Nathan was no exception. For as much as we all love these guys, yes,they can really be a gadfly at times. Agent X is so with the church organization when it comes to the homeless and so too for the legacy of the least of these. A great post and fitting for today, even. Nothing has changed only the names are different, but we still bow to the king. Sorry, I forgot. Actually, we now bow to the color of green represented by the almighty dollar. Back in the profit.
Nathan was a prophet of God.
He was a trusted prophet, on the king’s payroll no less, or so it appears. King David’s payroll, to be exact. Yes, the David who was a “man after [God’s] heart” and secretly (and especially) anointed by God to be king. Yeah, that one.
Nathan is known as a good prophet, one who speaks accurately the message from God to the king. And that is a correct assessment, but not exactly the whole story.
David, this shepherd-boy who is especially anointed to be King of the Jews, consults Nathan in II Samuel 7, just as soon as he has conquered all the nation’s enemies and God has given him rest. It is David’s first order of domestic business. His first action item as king, barring only establishing his crown.
What is this important business?
(Glad you asked.)
David, the especially anointed one of God…
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