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What Do You Do When You Know God Knows? 

2 Samuel 12:1-5

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"The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, 'There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. [2] The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, [3] but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him. 

[4] Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.' 

[5] David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, 'As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this deserves to die!'"

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to be arbitrary with judgement against others. We can usually see, with crystal clarity the sins and faults in others and judgement usually makes perfect sense. David is right, this man "deserves to die!" Romans 6:23 says, "For the wages of sin is death;" There are plenty of scriptures that makes us want to stoke the fires of hell for sinners the likes of this man. And certainly, God will judge sin. Matthew 3:12 says "His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire." (NIV) Judgement is sure. Solomon wrote, "'God will judge both the righteous man and the wicked man,' for a time for every matter and for every deed is there." (Eccles. 3:17 NASB)

In verse 6, David continues with his judgement, "And he must make restitution for the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing and had no compassion." (2 Samuel 12:6 NASB) David does more than pass judgment on this man, he requires him to make restitution-to try to make the crooked way straight. Then came the sobering word from Nathan in verse 7: "You are the man!"

Right about the time David could have enjoyed the satisfaction from his self-righteous attitude, Nathan delivers a blow to his mid section-he is the man.

It is much easier to see the sin in others, than it is to see the sin in our own lives. I am reminded of Jesus' words in Matthew 7:3 when he said, "And why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?" (NASB) David was quick to pass judgement on the rich shepherd without pausing for a moment to consider his own sin. Lurking in the background of this encounter was the great sin that he'd committed against God, one which was far greater than killing an animal-he'd killed a man after committing adultery with the man's wife.

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