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Hidden Heroes: Nathan the Prophet

by David Chadwick

My next hidden hero is Nathan the prophet. Did you know the name “Nathan” means gift of God? I, for one, can see how Nathan’s life was a gift to the world, but especially to King David!

Nathan was a prophet who lived in the time of King David and had a close relationship with the king. We see his heroism in the story of David and Bathsheba. I find this to be one of the most tragic stories in biblical history. It is such a strong reminder of how sin can creep in and destroy even strong believers. If you remember biblical history, David first coveted and then stole Uriah’s wife, Bathsheba, by committing adultery with her. Then, he killed Uriah, who had been his close friend.

David had 30 “mighty men” – those who totally committed themselves to him, sometimes risking their own lives for his safety. Uriah loved David and was loyal to him.

David then covered up Uriah’s murder and lied about it for almost a year. As a side note, notice how David broke practically all the 10 Commandments here in his one situation. Lying, cheating, stealing, murdering, coveting, and so forth. Well, it was Nathan the prophet who finally took action!

Nathan went to David and courageously confronted him in 2 Samuel 12. He told a story of a rich man who stole from a poorer person. This outraged David and asked who had done this evil act. Nathan said to him, “You are that man.” Eventually, David bent to the conviction and said in verse 13 that he had sinned against the Lord (Psalm 51 is David’s full confession).

I love Nathan’s courage. He spoke boldly to a man of power, even if it would have cost him his own life. He didn’t hold anything back. And pronounced God’s judgment over King David because of his sin. As a result of this bold confrontation, David repented.

I admire and want to be like Nathan. I want to be willing to share the truth and to say the tough things at any time, in any place, to anyone. I don’t want to be intimidated by power, but always willing to speak truth to power no matter what the cost. For such were the prophets of old – especially Nathan.

A gift to King David and another one of my hidden heroes!

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