Lent day 12: Who is Nathan?
3 v 31 “the son of Nathan”
His name means ‘gift’ and that would indicate he was special wouldn’t it?
I wonder how special Nathan felt being from such a large family?
Taking 1 Chronicles 3: 1-9 and then adding the daughter, Tamar and of course the son that died 7 days after his birth plus the children born from David’s concubines then we can definitely say Nathan is one of 20 children from David plus many others!
Let’s see what the Chronicler writes: “David reigned in Jerusalem thirty-three years, and these were the children born to him there: Shammua,] Shobab, Nathan and Solomon. These four were by Bathsheba daughter of Ammiel” v 4-6.
Nathan, ‘the gift’ was born amongst many others and his parents had that horrible story which contained adultery, deception and what amounted to murder!
On top of all this, Nathan, ‘the gift’, wasn’t chosen to succeed his father David, it was another brother, Solomon, not even a step-brother, but the one younger than him who was chosen. Seemingly, Nathan wasn’t qualified, experienced or perhaps ‘gifted’ enough to build the Temple and lead the kingdom.
I wonder how special Nathan felt he was. I wonder if he believed he was indeed a gift?
There are many who have similar situations to Nathan’s in their family.
Some have similar work situations of feeling overlooked.
Or personally, their friends all seem to have what they want but not for this person, they struggle to find their place, their purpose in life. Who am I here for?
Here is our Lentern memorisation verse and I will explain why I include it:
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “You are not your own; you were bought at a price.”
When God first promised salvation there were only 2 people in the Biblical story, Adam and Eve. That could have been you. You could have been 1 of 2 people in the garden of Eden and you would have done exactly what they did and God would have said exactly the same thing: He would crush Satan’s head (speaking of Christ’s victory on the cross).
So you may belong to a crowd and feeling the least, the last and the lost and yet God favours you, sees you as the first and has found you! (That’ll preach!)
So say this over your life, “I am more than what I think, I have been bought by a price and that price was Christ alone.”
You are not in competition with anyone else, there is none. You are worth far more than the circumstances around you. You are indeed a gift. I wonder if Nathan knew this?