March 7, 2019
Read 2 Samuel 13
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Scripture- 2 Samuel 13:21, 37- When King David heard what had happened, he was very angry...And David mourned many days for his son Amnon.
Observations- What a mess! David's son, Amnon, raped his half-sister, Tamar. David was "angry," but he took no action to hold Amnon accountable. It also doesn't appear that he did anything to alleviate the suffering of Tamar. Absalom, Tamar's brother, was enraged and plotted to kill Amnon, which he successfully accomplished over two years later. Then David mourned for Amnon. David was right to be angry, but his anger needed to inspire him to take action. David was right to mourn Amnon, but not without having first mourned far more deeply with Tamar.
Application- Ephesians 4:26 says, "Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger." David let months and years pass and choosing not to address Amnon's evil act in any tangible way amounts to a deep sin of omission. Here we come face to face with David's deep failure as a father. When we are rightly angered by injustice, we need to pray for God's guidance on the right and timely response, but choosing complacency and refusing to act becomes the sin of omission in our lives.
Prayer- Lord, thank You for the unfiltered stories told in Your Word. Help us remember that stories like this can serve as warnings for us to take the proper action at the right time. We need Your leadership to get that right, so we pray for the Holy Spirit to hover over our chaos and bring order, light, and peace, in Jesus' name and for His sake. Amen.
Holy Spirit, You Are Welcome Here,
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