- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read 2 Samuel 13
Ammon and Tarmar.
A story of King David’s family continues.
Prophet Nathan’s oracle against King David, “the sword will never depart from your house because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.” (12:10) came true in the family of King David.
Amnon was eldest son of King David, who would normally have succeeded David as king. Tamar was a full sister of Absalom, a half-sister of Amnon. Amnon raped Tarmar and Absalom murdered Amnon, and fled from the court to the land of his maternal grandfather. As an Aramean kingdom, Geshur was under the military control of King David. Absalom would be the next in line of succession to the throne.
King David was furious, hearing Amnon’s raping Tarmar. He tore his clothes and lay down on the ground when he heard that Absalom killed Amnon. King David and all king’s sons wept bitterly.
The tragic events David initiated have fatal consequences for his own family as his sons imitate his behavior, rape and murder.
King David, however, showed love for his violent son Absalom (v.39).
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2.What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?