Nathan

The prophet who condemned David for adultery and promised that God would establish a Davidic dynasty

There are three significant events connected with Nathan. (1)When David wanted to build a temple, Nathan brought word that David should not build God a “house” (temple) and that God was going to establish David’s “house” (dynasty). (2) When David committed adultery with Bathsheba, Nathan condemned him, comparing it to the theft of another man’s lamb. (3) In 1 Kings 1 Nathan plays the part of king maker. When David was feeble and dying, David’s son Adonijah sought the throne, but Nathan came to Bathsheba and reminded her of David’s promise that her son Solomon would be king.  Nathan helped arrange for Solomon to be anointed.

Nathan, on the right, with King David, by Matthias Scheits

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