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 that 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 traveller 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 traveller 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 must die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.’
7 Then Nathan said to David, ‘You are the man! This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: “I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you from the hand of Saul. 8 I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms. I gave you all Israel and Judah. And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more. 9 Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes? You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own. You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now, therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.”
I love this story, it helps us take the story about a third party and evaluate it honestly before turning that evaluation on ourselves. Here I can see that David is still an honourable man, he sees an injustice and burns with anger and he wants the wrong to be set right. I believe that all people understand honour, deep down inside we have the blue print of our creator but we have difficulty applying those principles to our own lives. When I watch movies or read fantasy novels I know exactly how I think the characters should behave. However, I don’t often look at my life through the same lens. If we can do that, if we become intentional about changing our response to the world around us: Stand up for the person being bullied even if it could end badly for you, help a stranger, be fair in business, look out for the needs of other people when making a deal and don’t try to maximise your gain with no thought to their loss. If we could live like that we would see the world around us change, we would be taking active steps towards ensuring that our children live in a better world than the one we lived in. Challenge yourself…