A daily devotional by Dr. K. Neill Foster
for June 26, 2019
|A Prophet Who is Mistaken|
Text: "Whatever you have in mind, go ahead and do it, for the Lord is with you." 2 Samuel 7:3
The prophet Nathan was given to speaking without first hearing and listening to the voice of God. After he had delivered the "go-ahead" prophecy to David the king, he discovered that he had erred. Instead, before waiting on the Lord and hearing from Him, he casually gave his good will to the King whom he undoubtedly loved.
If you read the entire chapter referenced above you will find a very precise prophecy for David the king-- he was not to build the Lord's house as he had hoped. His son, Solomon, would do that.
Nathan had to go back to the king and correct his message. He was not stoned. Nor was he labeled a false prophet. He was simply a good man who had gotten in a hurry and had failed to wait on the Lord and hear what He had to say.
Now if he had refused to go back and make amends, he might then become a false prophet. As it was, this fallible prophet saw the error of his ways and repented.
There is good reason why all prophecy is to be judged: some of it may be uttered by prophets in need of repentance. Therefore, "Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said" (1 Corinthians 14:29).