2 Samuel 13:23-29…28 Absalom commanded his servants, saying, “See now, when Amnon’s heart is merry with wine, and when I say to you, ‘Strike Amnon,’ then put him to death….” 29a The servants of Absalom did to Amnon just as Absalom had commanded.
2 Samuel 13:1-22 demonstrated that sexual sin is an expression of hate, not love. In vv.23-29 we find another truth: sin does not affect just the sinner and those directly impacted by the sin, but the effects of sin spread into the lives of many other people even into future generations. David’s sin with Bathsheba, then murder and his sin by not disciplining Amnon for the rape of Tamar resulted in multiple opportunities for Absalom to sin. Nathans prophecies after David’s sins were being fulfilled in David’s family.
Absalom hates his brother for what he did to Tamar; so after 2 years, he murders him. There could be several responses to this passage. We could say it was a dysfunctional family or we could think of people in our lives that possess similar vices and say neither of these represents us. Or, we could recognize that the same sin that exists in David’s family exists in some ways in us as well.
A passage like this one should drive us to despise sin. But we need God’s help to change our hearts. B. It is for guilty sinners like David, Amnon, Absalom, you and me that Jesus came to die. “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.” C Have you been saved? Run to Him today for forgiveness and transformation.
Each day I will REVIEW my recent actions, motives, thoughts, and words; CONFESS where I have sinned against God & others; and REPENT of each sin, asking God for forgiveness and help [a] to change my heart, [b] in persevering to turn from sin, and [c] asking Him not to let my sin harm others.
Notes: A- not used; B- click on “31 Days of prayer for confession through Galatians 5:19-23a and 2 Peter 1:5-7“; C- John 1:29; D- I am indebted to help from the FBC Personal Study Guide for Summer 2018 p. 48 & I recommend your using it for a study of 2 Samuel – click here.
Henry Luke 7/24/2018