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May 13, 2018

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Reading along with us in 2 Samuel? Here’s today’s reading:

2 Samuel 13 (ESV)

Now Absalom, David’s son, had a beautiful sister, whose name was Tamar. And after a time Amnon, David’s son, loved her. And Amnon was so tormented that he made himself ill because of his sister Tamar, for she was a virgin, and it seemed impossible to Amnon to do anything to her. But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, David’s brother. And Jonadab was a very crafty man. And he said to him, “O son of the king, why are you so haggard morning after morning? Will you not tell me?” Amnon said to him, “I love Tamar, my brother Absalom’s sister.” Jonadab said to him, “Lie down on your bed and pretend to be ill. And when your father comes to see you, say to him, ‘Let my sister Tamar come and give me bread to eat, and prepare the food in my sight, that I may see it and eat it from her hand.’” So Amnon lay down and pretended to be ill. And when the king came to see him, Amnon said to the king, “Please let my sister Tamar come and make a couple of cakes in my sight, that I may eat from her hand.”...Continue Reading

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  1. 37But Absalom fled and went to Talmai the son of Ammihud, king of Geshur. And David mourned for his son day after day. 38So Absalom fled and went to Geshur, and was there three years.

  2. A sad, sad chapter as the ripples of sin run through David’s family. How sad but too often true that sin has its supporters in our lives if we choose to listen. Rather than discouraging Amnon’s course of pursuing Tamar, Jonadab encourages it. Not that he knew Amnon would eventually rape Tamar, but he gave sin an opening. I wonder how much David’s interaction with Bathsheba influenced Amnon’s behavior here, just take what you want regardless of propriety or God’s will? But sin’s drive is strong if not restrained and is closed to good advice as Tamar attempts to direct Amnon to the more noble course of marriage. But then once fulfilled, sin’s disregard for the care of others is revealed here. What a significant statement, he hated her now more than he loved her. Well he didn’t love her but lust was driving him and lust can be vicious.

    Absalom’s response is understandable but revenge is never the best course. The question that looms in the second half of this chapter is where is David in all this. Does he not know what has happened after two years of this event? Has he not brought consequences on Amnon? Is he so unaware of what Ambsalom might be doing here? Leadership calls for engagement to fix things. David, the strong military man. is passive with his family. Sin does weaken our ability to confront sin in other’s lives. I wonder if that explains what David isn’t doing here.

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