1 CHRONICLES 17
1 Chronicles 17:1 etc.
STANDING FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS
In the Bible many people were called upon to speak for God. In the Old Testament there were priests like Ezra, prophets like Moses, Ezekiel and Hosea, and kings such as David and Solomon.
In the New Testament there prophets like John the Baptist, Apostles such as Peter and Paul, pastors such as Timothy and Titus, and deacons such as Stephen. Of course, best of all, the Son the God spoke for His Father. Hebrews 1:1-4
The man who speaks for God will receive stringent judgment. James 3:1, Revelation 22:18-19
The man who speaks for God should be a man who is standing for righteousness because God is righteous. Psalm 145
1 Peter 1:15-16 is to be especially true for a preacher of righteousness.
After Samuel died the next prominent prophet was Nathan.
He was evidently a friend of David, a trusted advisor, and a spokesman for God in the King's court.
Nathan's concern was for the righteousness of God!
HE CARED ENOUGH TO CORRECT HIMSELF - 1 Chronicles 17:1-15
Nathan gave his blessing upon David building a temple for God. He actually told David that God was with him. Vss. 1-2
Nathan found out that this was not what God had planned. Vss. 3-14
Nathan corrected himself and gave David the accurate message from God. Vs. 15
If we are going to stand for righteousness, we must admit when we are wrong and correct mistakes.
HE CARED ENOUGH TO CONFRONT SIN - 2 Samuel 12:1-14
David's sins concerning Bathsheba and Uriah are described in 2 Samuel 11.
Nathan confronted David about his sin. This was a bold thing to do considering that David could have had Nathan executed. If we care about righteousness, we need to confront what is wrong. Galatians 6:1
HE CARED ENOUGH TO COMFORT - 2 Kings 12:24-25
Although Nathan was quick to confront David about sin, he was just quick to bring God's message of comfort. The nickname given to Solomon means "Beloved of God". A man who stands for righteousness does not have a one-dimensional message. He is to be an encourager as well as a preacher against sin. Timothy was told to encourage as well as to reprove and to rebuke. 2 Timothy 4:2
HE CARED ENOUGH TO COOPERATE - 1 Kings 1
David was near death, and one of Solomon's brothers planned to take the throne away from Solomon. Nathan cooperated with others so that this plan was foiled.
The church is a body with many members. We are to work together for the cause of righteousness.