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Week 16 Day 1
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
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
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."
RAPE 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 them. 9She took the pan and placed them out before him, but he refused to eat. Then Amnon said, "Have everyone go out from me." And they all went out. 10Then Amnon said to Tamar, "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. 21But when King David heard of all these things, he was very angry. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV < prev page next page >