You Are the Man!

We all love to hear the words, “You are the man!” Right? Well, in most cases at least. I was reading through 2 Samuel and came to Chapter 12. In the previous chapter, David has committed adultery with Bathsheba and had her husband, Uriah, murdered. God sends the prophet, Nathan, to rebuke David and cast judgement on him. He tells a parable of a rich man and a poor man. The rich man takes advantage of the poor man. David is outraged by the story and says:

5…As the Lord lives, the man who has done this deserves to die, 6and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.

Now, here come the words you love to hear, but not in this instance…

7Nathan said to David, “You are the man!…9Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight?

Yeah, I don’t want to be “the man” in this case. So, next time you hear these words, “you are the man,” make sure you know the context!

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