When the child is born, Nathan is sent to David by the LORD. Why did the LORD wait so long? Is that perhaps because He waited in His great patience for David’s confession? However, this confession does not come. Therefore He must come now Himself.
Nathan, when he arrives at David’s house, starts telling him a story without any introduction. He has already come to David once before. Then he came with a beautiful word from the LORD about building the house of David (2Sam 7:4-174But in the same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan, saying,5“Go and say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Are you the one who should build Me a house to dwell in?6For I have not dwelt in a house since the day I brought up the sons of Israel from Egypt, even to this day; but I have been moving about in a tent, even in a tabernacle.7Wherever I have gone with all the sons of Israel, did I speak a word with one of the tribes of Israel, which I commanded to shepherd My people Israel, saying, ‘Why have you not built Me a house of cedar?’”‘8“Now therefore, thus you shall say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, “I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people Israel.9I have been with you wherever you have gone and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make you a great name, like the names of the great men who are on the earth.10I will also appoint a place for My people Israel and will plant them, that they may live in their own place and not be disturbed again, nor will the wicked afflict them any more as formerly,11even from the day that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. The LORD also declares to you that the LORD will make a house for you.12When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish his kingdom.13He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.14I will be a father to him and he will be a son to Me; when he commits iniquity, I will correct him with the rod of men and the strokes of the sons of men,15but My lovingkindness shall not depart from him, as I took [it] away from Saul, whom I removed from before you.16Your house and your kingdom shall endure before Me forever; your throne shall be established forever.”‘“17In accordance with all these words and all this vision, so Nathan spoke to David.). Now he comes with a message of judgment. He does so in the form of a story to discover David to himself.
In the story Nathan tells, David is the rich man and Uria the poor man. David is the man with “great many flocks and herds”, which represent the many wives he has, which is very much against the thoughts of God. The poor man is the man with the one little ewe lamb, the simple soldier Uria, who has one wife, which is very much in accordance with God’s thoughts. In the traveler we see the picture of lust that can present itself just like that. The question is what someone does with this traveler when he arrives at his place. You can send him away or take him into your home. He who takes him into the house, which is in his heart, and gives him food, is in the power of the traveler.
When David hears the story, his “anger burned greatly”. He makes a sharp and twofold judgement. As for him, the rich one “deserves to die”. At the same time, he demands that the rich one compensate the poor with a large amount of compensation: “He must make restitution for the lamb fourfold.” The latter is according to the law and also happened with David. He has lost four children: the child he conceived in unfaithfulness, Amnon, Absalom and Adonijah.
His judgment that the rich man “deserves to die” goes beyond the law. It is inconceivable that David had no exercises of conscience. However, a human being can suppress these exercises. Yet they are there and they appear here in a word about others. If he had not lived in sin himself, he would not have pronounced such a judgment. He pronounces this judgment on himself.
How well we can judge others, while we ourselves may be living in sin (cf. Rom 2:11Therefore you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.)! If we realize this deeply, we will pray: ‘Lord, give me the opportunity to learn from what I notice of others who I am. Give me to take to heart what You say about the log and the speck (Mt 7:3-53Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?4Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye?5You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.). I want to be discovered on myself, but am I open to it? If You show me something that is not good, give me that the first thing I do is to place myself in Your light so that You can show me who I am. In that attitude, let me go to others to serve’ (Gal 6:11Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; [each one] looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.).