Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
April 4 Scripture Selection: II Samuel 13-15
Food for Thought: II Sam. 13:1-29
II Samuel 13 gives the account of a series of mistakes, lapses of judgment, and failures to act that brought about irreversible tragic consequences which could have all been avoided. This is what happens when we sweep problems under the rug and do not deal with them!
David’s first mistake was having so many wives, contrary to the Lord’s instructions (Deut. 17:14-20), and producing so many children that he could not—or would not—raise them in the admonition of the Lord. And no one called his attention to the error of his ways. (He later did receive correction on another matter, though.)
Then, Jonadab, who should have been looking out for the well-being of his brother David and the family, counseled Amnon on how to commit the abomination of raping his own sister. Alarms should have gone off and the problem exposed when Amnon confided in him. Instead, Jonadab supported him in the plot. Following Jonadab’s advice, Amnon feigned illness and specifically requested that David send Tamar to prepare his meal in his presence. How odd. That seems like it would have been a servant’s job. Why did David feel like he had to consent to every whim of his children?! He rarely said no, even when the request seemed strange. (See also vs. 13, 26, 27.) This should have given David cause for alarm, but it didn’t. Things really turned weird when Amnon had his sister hand-feed him in bed with all the servants sent away. While it is never appropriate to blame a rape victim, one has to wonder how things would have turned out had she refused such a strange request (though the culture of the day probably did not make that an option for her.)
Then, after the awful deed was done, and the facts came to light, scripture only tells us that David “was very angry.” He ranted and raged about it, but he did not do justice for his daughter Tamar! He let that wretched act go unpunished and his son with such a sick character to remain free.
A look ahead in the scriptures reveals even more evidence of David’s reluctance to deal with his sons’ rebellious, evil behavior, and it cost him dearly. It tore up his family and, what’s more, nearly cost him his kingdom and his very life. This is exactly what happens when we do not address the “elephant in the living room” and shine light on the problem. Ignoring it will not help it to go away. However, when light shines on it and exposes it, darkness cannot prevail against it (John 1:5, (NIV, AMP)).
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Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
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