As a prophet, there is a mission to be fulfilled. Some prophets are called to preach the word of God. Some are called to interpret dreams and speak visions. Some are called to give warnings and advice. The overall mission is to reveal the heart of God to His people. The bible said, “Prophecy resulted when the Holy Spirit prompted men and women to speak God’s word.”
In the bible, there are stories about how God has used His prophets to go and fulfill a mission. One of the most popular ones were missions to give judgment, warnings, or advice to the leaders of Israel.
King David is considered as the greatest king Israel ever had – the man after God’s own heart. David was handpicked by God to become the next leader of Israel after Saul. He did not come from a royal family, but still, God had chosen him to rule over Israel. He fought and won many battles during his reign. The entire nation celebrated with him. He was, indeed, a mighty king.
But King David was not without any flaw.
Despite his heart to serve God, King David had weaknesses that caused him to sin against God. One of these was adultery. King David had fallen for Bathsheba, a woman who was already married to one of his soldiers. Because of the king’s desire to have her, David plotted the murder of Bathsheba’s husband. He slept with her and had her bore a child. And this was when King David had fallen entirely into the sin of lust with Bathsheba.
God was displeased with what King David had done. So God sent the prophet Nathan to convey His judgment to David. Nathan said to King David: “Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will raise evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.” That led to David’s repentance and forgiveness.
Based on this story, God sent the prophet Nathan on a mission to bring David back to God. He was not sent to judge and condemn King David. The ultimate mission was to restore the old David – the one that was obedient to God.