The Story of a Little Lamb.
August 10, 2020, 12:05 PM

There is a unique and quite interesting story found in 2 Samuel 12. This is one of my favorite stories.

We know at this point David has become not the same person that we have once knew, figuratively he has fallen off the wagon… Nathan has been given the challenging task to confront David in regard to his sin (12:1). I could only imagine that Nathan given this task is worried about how this might play out. David has gotten himself in a situation filled with lies and ultimately has Bathsheba’s husband killed to cover it up.

Now we find Nathan in a unique situation, he comes up with a plan and when he faces David his thoughts to confront him of his sin as the God has directed him, he decides to tell him a story…

Let’s Look at the Passage:

2 Samuel 12 (NIV)

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.”


David although he may have been a different and changed man. He still deep-down inside was the same young man that fought bears and lions with his own hands to protect the sheep in his father’s flock. Nathan discovered the way to his heart was through a story about a precious Lamb.  

Now in this story there is meaning for us as well…

In the story the poor man and his family had this one possession, a Lamb. I love how the scripture states that they raised it, and it “grew up with him and his children” (12:3). This lamb was there only real possession. It lived with them, it ate with them, and it drank from the same cup as them.

In reality this is an amazing discovery in the scripture for us. You see, Jesus is this precious Lamb for each of us. And we like the poor man and his family need to keep the “Lamb” in our homes.

When you think about it most people keep a lamb in a barn or out in a field. But not this family they kept in it their home, close to them. The scripture actually states that this lamb was family to them, stating “it was like a daughter” (12:3).

Where is the Lamb in your life?

                Do you keep the Lamb close?

                Does the Lamb live with you?

                Is the Lamb invited to the table with you and your family at each meal?

Or, do you after church on Sunday put the Lamb out like an animal and just pet it every once in a while?...

Just like with the poor man and his family, the Lamb is precious and should be treated as such.

Make the Lamb of God “Jesus” a part of your family!

Nathan got his point across and successfully completed his assignment from God. However, David was not a fan of how the story ended, I encourage you to read the rest of the story, and see how this simple story of a precious lamb changed David’s life forever. And, I hope this same story will change your life forever as well.


Pastor Jonathan Pannell

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