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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Disciplinary Action against the Prophet

Yahweh sent the prophet Nathan to David. The prophet came to the king and, using a pointedly allegorical story, accused the king of adultery and murder.  “You are the man!” said the prophet.  “The Lord anointed you as king, rescued you from the clutches of your enemies, and gave you everything you could ever want. Why did you show contempt for the Lord, by doing what displeases him? You put Uriah the Hittite to death by the sword, and took his wife as your own. For this, your household will never be free of the sword.”

Just then King David’s lawyers interrupted the prophet. “Prophet Nathan, you are in violation of the Royal House of David policy regarding public proclamations. “

“How so?” asked the prophet.

“You have said things that reflect unfavorably on the integrity of the King and of his rule. The views and opinions expressed by the prophets of this kingdom should be made in such a way that enhances the kingdom,” they answered. “Prophets speaking in such a way as to disparage, either directly or indirectly, the rule and policy of King David, will be subject to disciplinary action.”

Then the prophet was terminated from his employment, stripped of his title, and his pension was revoked.

(2 Samuel 12: 1 – 15)

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