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Explore the Bible
July 15, 2018
2 Samuel 13:15-20,31-39
There is nothing more beautiful, and oftentimes more complicated, than family. It is our support system, our cheering section and sometimes the cause of pain. The family is the perfect idea of God, no matter how imperfect it might be at times. The effects of sin on the family unit can cause it to be shattered, devastated and separated.
In 2 Samuel 13:15-20, 31-39, we read how the created family of God can be destroyed by sin. Amnon, the son of David, could not convince Tamar that he was the man for her. After many failed attempts, he raped her, which led to a myriad of issues. Tamar became his wife, but Amnon’s fire quickly fizzled, and his passion turned to hate. Lust, as we learn, is not a substitute for love and the ordained institution of marriage. Sin led to grief for Amnon and grief for Tamar – the victim.
Absalom, Tamar’s brother, was stricken with grief, and in his anger killed Amnon. He wanted revenge, and he got it. Unfortunately, revenge was not Absalom’s to have, and his anger led to greater sin. Because of his sin, Absalom fled to Talmai for safety and became separated from his sister. Sin separated them spiritually and physically.
Forgiveness is difficult, particularly for victims of this magnitude, but revenge is not the answer. It only leads to more divisions, sin and hurt. You may have heard the old adage, “Revenge is best served cold.” However, Scripture instructs believers to stray from revenge and trust God with judgment (see Rom. 12:19).
David learned this lesson in 2 Samuel 13:11-12 when, because of his sin, he found himself on the wrong side of God. However, the grace of God was sufficient, despite his grievous sins, to forgive him. God is faithful to forgive sins!