Is it a sin for a poor man to have a sheep?
Is it a sin for a rich man to have many sheep?
Is it a sin to covet your neighbors sheep?
Is it a sin to steal your neighbors sheep?
Read 2 Samuel 12:1-4
Nathan uses this story in direct parallel to David’s own story.
Was it a sin for Uriah to have a wife?
Was it a sin for David to have many wives?
Was it a sin for David to covet Uriah’s wife?
Was it a sin for David to steal Uriah’s wife? (Adultery)
If one is consistent both sets of questions will be answered the same way.
The Monogamy Only Position cannot properly account for the moral lesson in Nathan’s story. David does see himself in this story, and it drives him to repentance.
God explained it to David this way:
2Sa 12:7 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the (rich)man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;
2Sa 12:8 And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.
2Sa 12:9 Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah(the poor man) the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife(the sheep), and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.
2Sa 12:10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.
*comments in parenthesis inserted by me.
A thought to share with your MOP friends.
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