Week 16   Day 1


Love, hate

Innocence, shame

Honor, irresponsibility

Submission, dominance.



God forgives sin when we repent

            perhaps more readily than we forgive each other 

Forgiveness restores relationships

            with God and

            with each other

But the natural consequences of those sins remain


An example of this is David 

            repentant and

            forgiven by God

Yet ever after dealing with the inevitable consequences

            of those sins 

            as seen in the stories of those within his household.




It was "the custom of the day" for kings to have many wives

             plus concubines

This was not thought to be immoral

            rather, many wives was an indication

            of wealth and power

No where does the Bible condone this arrangement

            in fact, the Bible warns against it


"It was the custom of the day" is no excuse

It's like saying "Everybody's doing it."




           The seeds sown in David's multiple marriages

                                   start bearing bad fruit.
                                            II Samuel 13


     1Absalom the son of David had a lovely sister, Tamar; and

Amnon the son of David loved her.  2Amnon was so distressed

over Tamar that he became sick; she was a virgin and it was

improper for Amnon to do anything to her.  3But Amnon had a

friend who 4said to him, "Why are you, the king's son, becoming

thinner day after day?  Will you not tell me?"  Amnon said to

him, "I love Tamar, my brother Absalom's sister."

     5So Jonadab said to him, "Lie down on your bed and pretend

to be ill.  When your father comes to see you, say to him, 'Please

let my sister Tamar come give me food, and prepare the food in

my sight, that I may see it and eat it from her hand.'"  6Then

Amnon pretended to be ill, and said to the king, "Please let

Tamar come, that I may eat from her hand."

     7David sent home to Tamar and she went to Amnon's house. 
She took flour and made cakes in his sight, and baked
9She took the pan and placed them out before him, but
refused to eat.  Then Amnon said, "Have everyone go out
me."  And they all went out.  10Then Amnon said to
"Bring the food into the bedroom."  Tamar took the
cakes and
brought them to Amnon, 11and he took hold of her
and said,
"Come, lie with me, my sister."

     12But she answered him, "No, my brother, do not force

me, for no such thing should be done in Israel.  Do not do this

disgraceful thing!  13And I, where could I take my shame?  As

for you, you would be like one of the fools in Israel.  Please

speak to the king; for he will not withhold me from you." 

14However, he would not heed her voice; and being stronger

than she, he forced her and lay with her.

     15Then Amnon hated her exceedingly, so that the hatred

with which he hated her was greater than the love with which

he had loved her.  Amnon said to her, "Arise, be gone!"  16So

she said to him, "No, indeed! This evil of sending me away is

worse than the other that you did to me."  But he would not

listen to her.  17Then he called his servant and said, "Here! 

Put this woman out, and bolt the door behind her." 
    19Tamar put ashes on her head and tore her robe, and laid
her hand on her head and went away crying bitterly. 
So Tamar
remained desolate in her brother Absalom's house. 
when King David heard of all these things, he was
very angry.
            This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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