Sometimes we are too close to a situation
and need to step back,extract ourselves, and
take an objective view. That is the message
of this excellent blog by my wife, which
I hope you will all read and take to heart.
– James Scott Trimm
Recently I was going over some scripture again and realized that there are at times many layers of meaning and lessons we can learn from a set of passages. That the obvious meaning is not always the ONLY meaning.
Such I learned and applied to my own children many years ago and due to a situation it had come up again and I remembered where I had originally gotten this wisdom to raise my children.
1 And YHWH sent Natan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city: the one rich, and the other poor.
2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds,
3 But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and reared. And it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own morsel, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.
4 And there came a traveler unto the rich man. And he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him, but took the poor man's lamb and dressed it, for the man that was come to him.
5 And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man. And he said to Natan, As YHWH lives, the man that has done this deserves to die!
6 And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.
7 And Natan said to David, You are the man. Thus says YHWH, the Elohim of Yisra’el: I anointed you king over Yisra’el, and I delivered you out of the hand of Sha’ul.
8 And I gave you your master's house, and your master's wives into your bosom, and gave you the House of Yisra’el and of Y’hudah: and if that were too little, then would I add unto you so much more.
9 Wherefore have you despised the word of YHWH, to do that which is evil in My sight? Uriyah the Hittite you have smitten with the sword, and his wife you have taken to be your wife: and him you have slain with the sword of the children of Ammon.
10 Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me, and have taken the wife of Uriyah the Hittite to be your wife.
11 Thus says YHWH: Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house. And I will take your wives before your eyes and give them unto your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives, in the sight of this sun.
12 For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Yisra’el, and before the sun.
13 And David said unto Natan, I have sinned against YHWH. And Natan said unto David, YHWH also has put away your sin; you shall not die.
- 2 Samuel Chapter 12:1 - 13 HRV
One of course sees that we should not take what is not ours and that adultery is wrong.
However, there is even a better lesson here I believe . Don't think you are so above the LAW (HIS LAW not mans) that you don't pull yourself out of the situation and see if applying it to someone else would make you feel the same. When the Prophet Nathaniel explained the situation to King David and David became mad that someone would harm someone else in such a matter. How much you want to bet that David would have not felt the same if Nathaniel approached David as David being the rich man and how he was stealing from the poor? When we go confront someone and call them out we immediately take offense and put up our guard. I believe what is being taught here is that we need to listen take ourselves out of the situation, place someone else in that place and see if we still will act or feel the same. How would you feel if this wasn't you?
As with the prophet did with King David. As soon as Nathaniel said "this is you, you have stolen from the poor man," David realized his mistakes and humbled himself.
This is one thing I have always conveyed to my kids is if a lot of people especially the ones who are the closest to you all agree then maybe you need to step back and consider their words. Maybe you need to pull yourself out of the situation and put someone else there and see if you would be saying the same or different or partially the same as others who have been speaking to you. Just as the Prophet Nathaniel did with King David
HaSatan wishes "to steal and to kill and to destroy" (Jn. 10:10) and he knows the time is short and has stepped up his war with those who proclaim both Torah Observance and Faith in Messiah (the two pillars of Nazarene Judaism) (Rev. 12:12, 17; 13:7). But no weapon forged against us will prosper (Is. 54:17).
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