The beast of lust and selfish gain are on the throne but wait… there is no longer room for beauty and honor.
If someone wants you to do something beware if they are not willing to do the same. To them, information (from what they are told) is power they would love to use in order to twist and violate the beauty in others (vs. truth about themselves to help change or transform them).
Ammon took the beauty and good intention of Tamar and ruined it for his selfish gain. He had no remorse and did not suffer any ill effects from his dirty scheming and deeds.
Strangely enough, the only time Ammon was visibly upset in this passage was when he could not have what he wanted- someone else’s virtue and value. #psychopath
Unfortunately, that’s how sin works, it not only traps the sinner but stains the victims in close contact with or “used” by the sinner.
Our hope is found in Romans 7. Paul talks about being a slave to sin in his body and in his mind a slave to the law (reminding him of what he loves and what is right). He calls out, “Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death?” (V. 24, NET). “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord” (v.25, NET).
When we are saved by grace, we must not spurn it (thereby crucifying Christ again) by the works of the flesh. This holds true for those caught up in performance-based Christianity and also for those caught up in the lie of Satan that they can sin without judgment “so that grace will abound”.
Those who are truly His, bear the fruit of the Spirit and are known by that.
Being straight with God and others means one thing, trusting that God sees all (not just an empty word or facade). He sees our hearts. There is no one on earth who can out-manipulate or control God, the Father. He alone has out-maneuvered the Beast, by sending His Son to die on our behalf.
For those who have been victimized or hurt by those continuing to live in lust and selfish gain, keep a strong boundary. It is God’s will to love each person uniquely. One such person in my life is “harshly” loved by God- and He reminds me (through the Holy Spirit), “no compromise”.
Beauty is the result of our heaven-sent Savior restoring what has been lost to sin. The first book of the Bible (Genesis) shows that sin separated mankind from God. The last book of the Bible (Revelation) shows the solution -God dwells again with mankind through the ONE who broke the curse of sin, Jesus Christ the LORD.
Restore us, Lord, for your good purpose. – Teresa #brokenminds #shadowedhearts #paradiselost #paradiserestored
2 Samuel 13:1-19 (ESV)
Amnon and Tamar
13 Now Absalom, David’s son, had a beautiful sister, whose name was Tamar. And after a time Amnon, David’s son, loved her. 2 And Amnon was so tormented that he made himself ill because of his sister Tamar, for she was a virgin, and it seemed impossible to Amnon to do anything to her. 3 But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, David’s brother. And Jonadab was a very crafty man. 4 And he said to him, “O son of the king, why are you so haggard morning after morning? Will you not tell me?” Amnon said to him, “I love Tamar, my brother Absalom’s sister.”5 Jonadab said to him, “Lie down on your bed and pretend to be ill. And when your father comes to see you, say to him, ‘Let my sister Tamar come and give me bread to eat, and prepare the food in my sight, that I may see it and eat it from her hand.’”6 So Amnon lay down and pretended to be ill. And when the king came to see him, Amnon said to the king, “Please let my sister Tamar come and make a couple of cakes in my sight, that I may eat from her hand.”
7 Then David sent home to Tamar, saying, “Go to your brother Amnon’s house and prepare food for him.” 8 So Tamar went to her brother Amnon’s house, where he was lying down. And she took dough and kneaded it and made cakes in his sight and baked the cakes. 9 And she took the pan and emptied it out before him, but he refused to eat. And Amnon said, “Send out everyone from me.” So everyone went out from him. 10 Then Amnon said to Tamar, “Bring the food into the chamber, that I may eat from your hand.” And Tamar took the cakes she had made and brought them into the chamber to Amnon her brother. 11 But when she brought them near him to eat, he took hold of her and said to her, “Come, lie with me, my sister.” 12 She answered him, “No, my brother, do not violate[a] me, for such a thing is not done in Israel; do not do this outrageous thing. 13 As for me, where could I carry my shame? And as for you, you would be as one of the outrageous fools in Israel. Now therefore, please speak to the king, for he will not withhold me from you.” 14 But he would not listen to her, and being stronger than she, he violated her and lay with her.
15 Then Amnon hated her with very great hatred, so that the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her. And Amnon said to her, “Get up! Go!” 16 But she said to him, “No, my brother, for this wrong in sending me away is greater than the other that you did to me.”[b]But he would not listen to her. 17 He called the young man who served him and said, “Put this woman out of my presence and bolt the door after her.” 18 Now she was wearing a long robe with sleeves,[c] for thus were the virgin daughters of the king dressed. So his servant put her out and bolted the door after her. 19 And Tamar put ashes on her head and tore the long robe that she wore. And she laid her hand on her head and went away, crying aloud as she went.