2 Samuel 13:1-22…15 Then Amnon hated her with a very great hatred; for the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her. And Amnon said to her, “Get up, go away!” 16 But she said to him, “No, because this wrong in sending me away is greater than the other that you have done to me!” Yet he would not listen to her. 17 Then he called his young man who attended him and said, “Now throw this woman out of my presence, and lock the door behind her.
Most worldviews of “love” are very different than agape love A. Today love denotes a feeling, rather than an action. It is a feeling that comes and goes, and that moves from person to person. It does not involve commitment or sacrifice. This “free love” gives a woman or man the right to love as many as they please, even if married, and without regard to gender. Amnon was in “love” with Tamar 3,008 years ago, why couldn’t he have her? So he raped his half-sister after deceiving his father, King David, and Tamar! A1
However, after Amnon rapes Tamar, his response is not to love, but “a very great hatred”, v.15. Sexual immorality leads to anger and hate, not love B. God did not create us for this kind of love but for sacrificial love. This is the kind of love that Jesus demonstrated for us. Jesus came to earth, He died, He was buried, and He was raised on the third day so that we could exchange our sin for His righteousness. C May we love the agape way of Jesus, for the glory of God and for the good of others D.
Praise God that Jesus showed His love for us by sacrificially laying down His life for us. Ask that God would help you to love the way that Jesus loves.
Notes: A- Examine yourself against – Agape Love described ; A1- 2 Samuel 13:1-14; B- Galatians 5:19-21; C- 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 3:23,5:8,6:26,10:9,13; D- Mark 12:30-31, 1 Corinthians 10:31; E- I am indebted to help from the FBC Personal Study Guide for Summer 2018 p. 47 & I recommend your using it for a study of 2 Samuel – click here.
Henry Luke 7/23/2018