2 Samuel 12:1-6
The Lord sent Nathan to David. He came to him, and said to him, ‘There were two men in a certain city, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had very many flocks and herds; but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. He brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children; it used to eat of his meager fare, and drink from his cup, and lie in his bosom, and it was like a daughter to him. Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was loath to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the wayfarer who had come to him, but he took the poor man’s lamb, and prepared that for the guest who had come to him.’ Then David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man. He said to Nathan, ‘As the Lord lives, the man who has done this deserves to die; he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.’
Reflection by Janet Derby
When I put together the stories for Vacation Bible School, I am never quite sure which will resonate with the children. I have learned that they tend to like stories with a lot of action, so I expected that our first two stories this year would be among their favorites. The first was the story of Rahab hiding the spies; the second that of Elijah’s contest with the prophets of Baal. I was however, somewhat surprised yesterday when several children said this story of Nathan was the one they liked best and want to retell to the congregation. When I was relating the story during our assembly time, one child was perplexed by the idea that someone with many sheep would take from someone who only had one, rather than the other way around. I am continually impressed by the sense of justice that children seem to have at their core. As they dug deeper into the story, they expressed their belief that the man with many sheep should have shared with the one who had only one. We should all retain that hope for justice in our world.
God of Justice and Love,
Thank you for the VBS volunteers who help to bring the Scripture alive to our children. Help us to hear those stories with fresh ears and understanding. Amen.