So today we start to see some of the chaos in David’s house begin to unfold as Nathan prophesied. David’s son Amnon lusts after his half sister Tamar. So Amnon’s cousin, Jonadab, comes up with an idea for Amnon. He tells Amnon to pretend he is sick and ask his dad, King David, to send Tamar to bring him some food. When Tamar is in his room, Amnon forces himself on her. Tamar says, “No, my brother, do not force me, for no such thing should be done in Israel…And I, where could I take my shame?” Tamar tells Amnon to ask their dad, David, to take her properly in marriage but Amnon does not control his lust and he rapes her and then kicks her out. She leaves crying in shame and goes to live with her brother Absalom.
When King David hears about it he is angry but does nothing. “So Tamar remained desolate in her brother Absalom’s house.” You know, David could have done something. He could have told Tamar where to take her shame. David himself knew where. He even wrote in Psalm 25:1-3, “In you, Lord my God, I put my trust. I trust in you. Don’t let me be put to shame. Don’t let my enemies win the battle over me. Those who put their hope in you will never be put to shame.” We all have shame and we all have a place we can take our shame for healing and that is to the Lord!
Well, David’s son Absalom lets his anger toward his brother Amnon fester for 2 years and then he has Amnon killed. Absalom then flees to Geshur and lives there for 3 years. What a family mess! 😱 Amnon is dead, Tamar is desolate and Absalom is deserted. Joab eventually convinces David to bring Absalom home but it will be 2 years after Absalom’s arrival back home that David will agree to see him. Tomorrow Absalom wins the hearts of the men of Israel and King David is on the run again. This time from his own son. Keep reading.
(2 Samuel 12:26-31, 1 Chronicles 20:2-3, 2 Samuel 13:1-14:33)