Day 30: Trusted Advisor

Today’s reading: 2 Sam 21-24, 1 Kings 1-2,  Psalm 44-45

The end of today’s reading marks the passing of the torch from David to his son, Solomon. As David approaches the end of his life, the man who has been with him since the beginning of his kingship is still close by. In the Biblical record, Nathan the prophet does not show up as often as other figures in the story of David’s life; but whenever he does, his presence is always significant.

For forty years, he devotes himself to serving this king, while always keeping an eye on honoring God in his work. In contrast to others who want to get close to David merely for their own personal gain, Nathan comes close when David most needs him. He takes on the responsibility of being honest with the king, even when he has to speak the hard truth.

Remember when David first settles in Jerusalem after being crowned and wants to build a house for God? It is Nathan who, after listening to God, confronts David about the foolishness of his plans. When David’s moral compass falls off the cliff, it is Nathan who brilliantly weaves a tale that enables David to see for himself the horror of his actions against Bathsheba and Uriah.

Today, we see Nathan’s devotion to the king as Adonijah tries to usurp the throne while David is on his deathbed. While other key leaders abandon David, jockeying for position in Adonijah’s attempted coup, Nathan remains steadfast. And once again, he speaks the truth to the king, helping ensure that the throne of Israel will transfer to its rightful heir.

 

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8 Responses to Day 30: Trusted Advisor

  1. Although we read this passage some time ago now, I wanted to come back and comment here after today’s sermon at Church.
    I wanted to thank you, Steve, for making the connection between Rizpah and other women in today’s world who stand up against injustice and for the dignity of every human being. I was born and lived in Argentina and know very well the cause of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo and Abuelas of Plaza de Mayo, as well as the Mothers of the Dissapeared in Chile. They surely are an example of unknown women (just like Rizpah) who stood up and peacefully sent a message of hope and peace among violence. Your message today helped me remember that being a Christian is so closely related to the defense of human rights around the world. If I may add something, I always find it useful to re-read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and remind myself that all those articles are no more and no less than our commandment of loving God with all our hearts, souls, and minds, and loving our neighbors as ourselves.

    FYI, The Declaration can be found here: http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/

  2. Gary Cole says:

    is it just me or does the story of Solomon establishing his throne remind you of the end of The Godfather , when michael corolene finishes all the family business while he is standing up as godfather for his brothers son

  3. Heather says:

    What are your thoughts on Joab? I see him as somewhat of a tragic hero. He was an able and trusted leader of the army, and for the most part he was loyal to David. I agreed with him on rebuking David for grieving too openly over Absalom, which could have led to low morale among his army. But his tragic flaw – his need for revenge – ultimately leads to his demise. (Also, the fact that he “jumped ship” at the end probably did not help.)

  4. Bill Lewis says:

    Thank you so much for offering this 100 day plan. The woman I am married to and I don’t attend your church but one of your members emailed us and invited us to join the reading. We were hesitant to let you know that we are participating earlier in case we dropped out but now that we’ve made it through 30 days it is becoming a delightful habit.

    In Christ,
    Bill Lewis

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