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READING: 2 Samuel 12-13 – You Are the Man & Rape of Tamar


David’s affair with Bathsheba had consequences. Following the murder of her husband David married her, but it was obvious to those in his household that he was the father of her child.  

The LORD sent Nathan to David. He said, “There were two men, one rich and one poor. The rich man had many flocks; the poor man had one ewe lamb. He brought it up with his children. The rich man had a visitor; he took the poor man’s lamb to feed his guest.” 

David was angry, saying the man deserves death but shall restore the lamb fourfold. “Nathan said to David, ‘You are the man!’” He reminded David of all the LORD had given him, then asked, “Why have you despised the word of the LORD, to do what is evil in his sight? You struck down Uriah with the sword and took his wife. I will take your wives and give them to your neighbor. You acted secretly; I will do this before all of Israel.” 

David said, “I have sinned.” Nathan said, “The LORD put away your sin; you shall not die. Nevertheless, the child shall die.” The child became ill; fasting and praying, David pleaded for the child; after seven days, the child died. David sensed it from the servants’ actions. He asked if the child had died. When they said yes, David got up washed, and anointed himself. He said, “While he lived, I fasted and wept, for who knows. The LORD may be gracious. Now he is dead, can I bring him back again? I shall go to him; he will not return to me.” This was the first of David’s sons to die.  

The rape of Tamar, Absolom’s sister,by Amnon began a series of things affecting all Israel. Amnon fell in lust for his half-sister. He agonized over her, wanting to sleep with her. His cousin Jonadab suggested he pretend sickness, and ask David to send Tamar to prepare food in his sight, and he would eat. 

When she came, he raped her and hated her more than he had longed for her. She begged him not to do this, for it is not done in Israel. She said if he asked David to have her as his wife, their father would give her to him. But he forced her and sent her away. She said that was worse than the rape. 

Absalom, her full brother, told her not to say anything for now. He waited two full years, and then had a feast for all the royal sons. He told his servants to kill Amnon at his command while he was drunk. Absolom fled to refuge with the son of the king of Geshur, a neighboring kingdom. He stayed there three years, and David yearned for him. 

Amnon was the second son of David to die. David said the man who took the poor man’s lamb would pay four-fold.  

Stay tuned to see what happens next! 

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PRAY FOR YOURSELF 

Lord, David confessed his sin, and You forgave him. But there were still consequences. Help me realize how severe the consequences can be and how to keep my sins from destroying my family, is my prayer, in the Name of the One who game himself for our sins to deliver us from this evil generation, AMEN 

MY PRAYER FOR YOU (and for myself) 

Father, my prayer for those who read this is that we may understand that consequences will always follow sin, even when You forgive it. Give us the means and the wisdom to help alleviate those consequences. But most of all, Father, I pray that we may not sin so there will be no consequences of sin, This, is my prayer, in the name of Jesus, AMEN 

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