Greedy Rich Man
2 Samuel 12:1-4 (NIV)
1 The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.
4 “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”
It was a crime as the one above (in II Samuel 12:4) that King David committed and brought death to His only son, the royal heir to the throne. It is not a joke to God when a rich man steals from the poor.
The world is a tough place for the poor to survive. As partakers in the Kingdom of God, we must help those in need and give alms to the poor.
We can not excuse our sins today by saying, “But King David did it!” The Lord punished the sins His own people in the Old Testament.
1 Samuel 12:20-24 (KJV)
20 And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart;
21 And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.
22 For the Lord will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake: because it hath pleased the Lord to make you his people.
23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:
24 Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.
Consecrate all that you possess to the LORD. Let God rule over the decisions you make with unmitigated authority. Use what He has given you to share the gospel with others and your resources will be replenished.
Be a Godly steward of the blessings God has given you.