King David had sinned “big-time” in 2 Samuel 11. He had committed adultery with Bathsheba; brought Uriah, her husband, back from a battle in hopes that he would cover David’s sin; then had Uriah killed because of his “failure to cooperate” with his scheme (ironically, Uriah acted more nobly and admirably than David in the whole “affair”).
The king may have thought his sin was secret, but God knew all about it. Nathan, the prophet of God, paid David a visit (2 Samuel 12). Nathan told him a parable that incited the king’s wrath – “the man who has done this deserves to die” (verse 5). Four words from Nathan’s mouth would change David’s life — “You are the man” (verse 7).
I admire Nathan because he was bold. It took courage and a holy boldness to do and say what Nathan did. He knew full well that the king, even David, could have him banished or killed for saying something he didn’t want to hear. Nevertheless, Nathan trusted God and spoke His Word.
I admire Nathan because he loved God. The prophet was loved greatly by God, therefore he loved Him in return. He delighted in the Lord and was committed to Him unconditionally. Only someone to whom God was his all-in-all could confront a king with sin he thought was secret.
I admire Nathan because he loved David. Yes, he loved God, but he also loved David, too. He valued David so highly that he told him the truth precisely as God instructed him. If Nathan hadn’t have loved David, it seems he might have let the king “sleep in the bed he had made.” Instead, the Lord used Nathan’s love for David as a means of accomplishing His holy, perfect will with David (as well as Nathan).
Nathan is a man of God I admire.