5 David was furious. “As surely as the Lord lives,” he vowed, “any man who would do such a thing deserves to die! 6 He must repay four lambs to the poor man for the one he stole and for having no pity.” 7 Then Nathan said to David, “You are that man!”                                        II Sam. 12:5-7
Anyone remember this story? Nathan the prophet calls out David by telling him a story that David thought demanded his judgment. This is right after David had sex with Bathsheba and killed her husband. David’s response to Nathan’s story: “He deserves to die!” Then Nathan turns to him and says, “You’re that man!”

Have you ever been in David’s shoes? I can feel his heart sinking into his stomach. He was the king, so I’m sure he thought he was above everyone and everything. He was sure he would never get busted or at least ever have to pay the consequences of his actions. He was quick to judge others, slow in judging himself. Then he gets called out.

Getting called out on anything in life is humiliating. It’s even worse when we’ve just judged someone else for doing the same thing we’re guilty of. What can we learn from this?

1.) Let’s Quit Judging Others- Jesus said, Judge not, or else you’ll be judged. Galatians 1:6 said if we’re spiritual, instead of judging someone for their actions, we’re to help restore them.

2.) Have Mercy on Others – The only reason any of us aren’t going to Hell for what we’ve done is by the grace and mercy of God. Let’s give others the grace and mercy that God’s given us.

3.) Recognize You Could be “That Man”- I promise you in each of our lives there are area’s that  people could point to us and say, “You’re that man” and we’d be totally humiliated. So be careful before you point the finger at someone else and condemn them, because someone might be near that will call you out.

4.) Be Humble, Don’t Try to Impress People, Just be Impressive – Pride will keep us from admitting our faults and allows us to judge others without judging ourselves. We should have one focus: living our lives for God to the best of our ability. If we’ll do that, we’ll take ourselves out of positions of  getting called out and we’ll be in positions to give grace and mercy to others without judging them.


2 Responses

  1. That is a good word BUBZ!

    I definitely like your fourth thought of being humbly Impressive rather than living to impress others.

    Keep up the good work!


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