Today I just have some notes on 2 Samuel.

Then Amnon hated her with intense hatred. In fact, he hated her more than he had loved her. Amnon said to her, “Get up and get out!”

2 Samuel 13:15 (NIV)

After Amnon raped his sister Tamar, Scripture tells us he hated her more than he had loved her. I don’t think Amnon loved Tamar at all. I think that what we see here is the gratification of the flesh fulfilled coupled with another “fleshy” response. Perhaps like the way we might feel when we really want something, look forward to it, and then receive it only to be left feeling hollow and unfilled.

Her brother Absalom said to her, “Has that Amnon, your brother, been with you? Be quiet for now, my sister; he is your brother. Don’t take this thing to heart.” And Tamar lived in her brother Absalom’s house, a desolate woman.

2 Samuel 13:20 (NIV)

I used to think that Absalom’s response to Amnon raping his sister was cold. Telling Tamar to basically “forget about it” is cold, which makes me wonder why he responded like this. Amnon was the heir-apparent. David’s first-born. Amnon’s rape of his sister didn’t happen in a corner where no one knew about it and David was complicit in her rape since he was the one who got her to go to Amnon, so I think Absalom responded this way because he wanted to see what David would do.

When King David heard all this, he was furious.

2 Samuel 13:21 (NIV)

Deuteronomy 22:23 says that if a man rapes a woman in the city both were to be stoned to death because the woman didn’t cry out. We don’t know if Tamar cried out, but she did object. Leviticus 20:17 says that a man who marries his sister and has relations with her is to be cast out away from the people. Along with the sister. However, all we see is that David was “furious.” The least that David should have done was to cast Amnon out. The most that he could have done was to have him stoned for rape. However, Amnon was his firstborn son, so David did nothing and since David, unknowingly played a part in the crime, he might have felt guilty about what happened.

And King David longed to go to Absalom, for he was consoled concerning Amnon’s death.

2 Samuel 13:39 (NIV)

When Absalom murdered Amnon, he also committed treason since Amnon was next in line to be king. However, David, who did nothing to bring about justice for Tamar, also does nothing to bring about justice for Amnon.

Between justice and mercy, there has to be some sort of action. Complacency is its own sin, and that’s what I see in David’s responses to these difficult situations. For all intents and purposes, it looks like all David did was bury his head in the sand when all of this was happening. That’s a terrible way for a king to respond and what it says to me is that we who are co-heirs with Christ shouldn’t do the same. The world has always been full of injustice, but God’s ways are just. As Christians, we ought to be responsive to the injustice in the world. How we respond to it has to be based on what God has for us to do. I’m certain it looks different for each of us, but I am reminded of this verse which I think is a good guideline for how we ought to respond.

If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.

James 4:17 (NIV)

That’s all I have for today. I pray this day finds you well. Thanks for stopping by!

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