Scripture: 2 Samuel 13-15. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
In these chapters of the book of 2 Samuel, turmoil begins in David’s family. Amnon, David’s son, claimed to be in love with his half sister Tamar, and he raped her. Rape was strictly forbidden by God. Absalom, David’s other son, planned to take revenge against Amnon himself, and Absalon killed Amnon a couple years later. Absalom then fled Jerusalem. Joab knew that King David’s heart longed for Absalom, so Joab sent a messenger to request Absalom’s return to Jerusalem, where he lived two years without seeing his father’s face. Absalom had three sons and one daughter, who he named Tamar in respect and love for his sister. Absalom then led a mutiny against his father, and David fled Jerusalem. Follow along in 2 Samuel 13-15!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Amnon had been encouraged by his cousin Jonadab to commit sexual sin against his half sister Tamar. We must make sure to evaluate any piece of advice by God’s standards, even the advice that comes from our friends or family. Love and lust are two different things. Love is patient and kind; lust requires immediate satisfaction and is harsh. Even the highest-ranking people in life are sinners, and their hearts are full of rebellion. We must guard our hearts against both sin and rebellion in this fallen world, staying close to God and obeying Him. Absalom was full of rebellion, taking matters into his own hands and killing his brother Amnon. We must not take matters into our own hands, as Absalom did, for that is God’s job. David did not make complete efforts to correct his children. Children need discipline; otherwise, they grow up thinking they can get away with anything. When we ignore our sins, we usually experience greater pain than if we just deal with it immediately, asking for forgiveness.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Please continue to guide and protect us on a daily basis, and help us to always do Your will. We pray for protection from harm and pain in this fallen world. Help us to avoid evil desires and actions that begin with us, and please guard our every thought and every action. Help us to treat others with love and kindness. Please help us to flee from our temptations in this life, Father, always striving to please and honor You in our choices, for we know that the consequences of our sins can ruin not only our lives, but the lives of others, as well. Help us to flee from rebellion, giving all of our worries and fears up to You. Help us to strive to please You, Father, rather than the public eye. Help us draw near to You. We thank You for the unique talents and strengths that You give to each one of us. Please help us to utilize the opportunities that You put in front of us, for Your ways are better than our own. We know that You have a greater purpose for our lives. Help us to be patient and wait upon Your timing, Father. Please help us to use those giftings to honor and serve You. Thank You for being such a loving and forgiving, Father. And thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Please forgive us for the many sins that we commit, and help us to forgive others. Help us to show compassion toward the less deserving, as well. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.