Prayer Focus:  Cyprus,

Bible Reading:  2 Samuel 13-15

Scripture     In the course of time, Amnon son of David fell in love with Tamar, the beautiful sister of Absalom son of David.  2 Sam 13:1

        Her brother Absalom said to her, “Has that Amnon, your brother, been with you? Be quiet for now, my sister; he is your brother. Don’t take this thing to heart.” And Tamar lived in her brother Absalom’s house, a desolate woman.

        When King David heard all this, he was furious.   And Absalom never said a word to Amnon, either good or bad; he hated Amnon because he had disgraced his sister Tamar. 2 Sam 20-22

Then Absalom said, “If not, please let my brother Amnon come with us.”

The king asked him, “Why should he go with you?”    But Absalom urged him, so he sent with him Amnon and the rest of the king’s sons.

       Absalom ordered his men, “Listen! When Amnon is in highspirits from drinking wine and I say to you, ‘Strike Amnon down,’ then kill him. Don’t be afraid. Haven’t I given you this order? Be strong and brave. ” 29 So Absalom’s men did to Amnon what Absalom had ordered. Then all the king’s sons got up, mounted their mules and fled.  2 Sam 26-29

Observation —  First of all, I had trouble finding passages that conveyed the story without being PG or R rated.  This stuff is the making of an action packed drama better than anything than Hollywood can dream up.  I find myself as I re-read these chapters not wanting to put the book down.   As chapter 15 ends you can almost hear the “announcer” saying, stay tuned Tomorrow to see whether or not Absalum becomes King.

But the really amazing thing is that this is all real, this all happened.  And this was the Kingdom of Israel, not some bunch of low life scrum that didn’t know any better.

Application –  Part of the time I find myself siding with Absalom.  Verse 2 Sam 20 says that “David was furious”  about what Amnon, his son had did, but it doesn’t say that he did anything about it.  This I think caused a change in Absalum that brought about the whole next chain of events.  If David had acted and administered justice instead of just “being furious,”  then Absalum and his household would have been more beholden to him than ever and chapters 15-18 would have been written differently.

So what I take from this are two things:  The Bible and the people in it are real and do dumb things that when we look at it now, we scratch our head and say to ourselves we would have done it differently.  And, God can use us flawed beings to do great things.  In spite of us,  God rules.

Prayer Lord thank you for loving us in spite of our flawed selves.  Help us to be the people you want us to be.  Help us trust you to deliver justice, and help us to be patient for your deliverance.  Above all Lord, use us to further your Kingdom.

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