From the March, 2001 issue of Touchstone
Nathan’s Godly Narrative by Patrick Henry Reardon

Nathan’s Godly Narrative

Probably the most important person in the life of King David was the prophet Nathan. His very name means “gift,” and Nathan was certainly God’s generous gift to the king. Were it not for Nathan, in truth, we have no reason to believe that the Bible’s final word on David would be any more favorable than the Bible’s final word on King Saul.

David, himself a prophet (Acts 2:29,30), had lost his way, not only succumbing to an adulterous passion, but even initiating a cunning plot of murder, so it was Nathan’s divinely appointed task to call him back from sin to the path of repentance (2 Samuel 12). As was noted by St. John Chrysostom, “one prophet was sent to anoth . . .


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