Daily Bible Reading “God is My Rock and My Salvation” (Psalm 62:1-12)

Psalm 62God is My Rock and My Salvation

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 62:1-12. Psalm 62 is a Psalm of David to the Chief Musician. David says his soul waits on God, from Him comes his salvation.

David declares that God is the rock of his strength. God is his salvation. God is his glory. God is his refuge, and his defense, therefore he will not be moved.

David says his soul waits on the LORD, because his expectation is from Him. David encourages us to put our trust in God at all times. He tells us to pour our hearts out to God. He reminds us that God is our refuge.

David warns us about trusting in our wealth. He tells us that power belongs to God. David reminds us that God is a merciful God and rewards every man according to his work.

When I used to work in the corporate world I trusted more in my job to supply my needs than God. When I lost my job, I learned to trust God more to supply my needs. I learned that God could supply my needs any way He chooses. For the most part, he has used my husband to supply my needs since that time. I had to learn to accept that as God’s provision for me. In what ways does God supply your needs?

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Psalm 62:1-12

1 [[To the chief Musician, to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David.]] Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.
2 He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.
3 How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence.
4 They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.
5 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.
6 He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.
7 In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
8 Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.
9 Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.
10 Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.
11 God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.
12 Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work.

 

Things to think about:

  • In what ways is God your refuge and your defense?
  • How can we learn to trust in God at all times?
  • Have you accepted God as your rock and your salvation as David did? If so, describe your experience.

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

We thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 62. You are our rock and our salvation. You are our refuge and our defense. You are a merciful God and You love us. Help us to trust in You at all times. Help us to pour our hearts out to You in prayer knowing that You will hear and answer our prayers. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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Psalm 119 will not be included in The Book of Psalms since Deborah has already published a book about it called: Psalm 119: Thy Word is a Lamp unto My Feet.

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The book of Psalms was written by various people. About half of it was attributed to King David, whether they were written by David or for David is questioned by some biblical scholars. Some of the Psalms were written by Asaph and some say they were written for the sons of Korah and even Moses and Solomon were writers of the Psalms. The Psalms consists of poetry that was primarily meant to be used as songs of praise to the Lord.

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Daily Bible Reading “Friends and Foes” (2 Samuel 16:1-14)

  2 Samuel 16 shimei-threw-stones-at-davidFriends and Foes

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 16:1-14. When David was a little past the top of the hill, Ziba, who was the servant of Mephibosheth met him. He had brought a couple of saddled donkeys with him. On the donkeys were two hundred loaves of bread, an hundred bunches of raisins, an hundred summer fruits, and a bottle of wine.

The king asked Ziba, “What do you mean by these?” Ziba replied, the asses are for the king’s household to ride on. The bread and summer fruit are for the young men to eat. The wine is for those who become faint in the wilderness to drink.

The king asked, “Where is your master’s son?” Ziba said to the king, he stayed at Jerusalem. He said, Today the house of Israel will restore the kingdom of my father to me.

The king said to Ziba, yours are all that pertained to Mephibosheth. Ziba said, I humbly beg you that I may find grace in your sight, my lord, O king.

When king David came to Bahurim, there was a man who came out from the family of the house of Saul. His name was Shimei. He was the son of Gera. He came out cursing and casting stones at David, his servants and all the people and mighty men that were there on his right hand and on his left.

Shimei cursed David saying, “Come out, come out, you bloody man, and man of Belial: The LORD has returned to you all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned. The LORD has delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom, your son: and, you are taken in your mischief, because you are a bloody man.”

Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king, Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over, I beg you, and take off his head. The king said, What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? Let him curse, because the LORD has said to him, Curse David. Who shall then say, why have you done so?

David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, my son, who came from my bowels, seeks my life: how much more now may this Benjamite do it? David’s own son had ran him out of town, David wasn’t too worried about this man who was causing them trouble along the way. David told them to leave him alone, and let him curse; for the LORD hath bidden him.

It may be that the LORD will look on my affliction, and that the LORD will repay me good for his cursing today. As David and his men went by the way, Shimei went along on the hill’s side beside them, and cursed as he went, and threw stones at them, and threw dirt. The king, and all the people who were with him, became weary, and refreshed themselves there.

Have you ever noticed in life how there will be some who are your friend, they will come along and bless you as Ziba did David. They will do whatever they can to help you. Then, there are those who are your foes, they may come along cursing you as Shimei did to David. They may talk bad about you and throw stones at you, if not literally, figuratively. They may not be brave enough to come out and talk bad about you to your face or in front of other, but they do everything they can to undermine you.

Thank God for the ones who are our friends, like Ziba, who only want the best for us. They are the ones who are blessings in our lives. Lord, help us to know how to deal with the foes, better yet, help us to learn to let you deal with them.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

2 Samuel 16:1-14

1 And when David was a little past the top of the hill, behold, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of asses saddled, and upon them two hundred loaves of bread, and an hundred bunches of raisins, and an hundred of summer fruits, and a bottle of wine.
2 And the king said unto Ziba, What meanest thou by these? And Ziba said, The asses be for the king’s household to ride on; and the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat; and the wine, that such as be faint in the wilderness may drink.
3 And the king said, And where is thy master’s son? And Ziba said unto the king, Behold, he abideth at Jerusalem: for he said, To day shall the house of Israel restore me the kingdom of my father.
4 Then said the king to Ziba, Behold, thine are all that pertained unto Mephibosheth. And Ziba said, I humbly beseech thee that I may find grace in thy sight, my lord, O king.
5 And when king David came to Bahurim, behold, thence came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera: he came forth, and cursed still as he came.
6 And he cast stones at David, and at all the servants of king David: and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left.
7 And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, thou bloody man, and thou man of Belial:
8 The LORD hath returned upon thee all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead thou hast reigned; and the LORD hath delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom thy son: and, behold, thou art taken in thy mischief, because thou art a bloody man.
9 Then said Abishai the son of Zeruiah unto the king, Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? let me go over, I pray thee, and take off his head.
10 And the king said, What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah? so let him curse, because the LORD hath said unto him, Curse David. Who shall then say, Wherefore hast thou done so?
11 And David said to Abishai, and to all his servants, Behold, my son, which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more now may this Benjamite do it? let him alone, and let him curse; for the LORD hath bidden him.
12 It may be that the LORD will look on mine affliction, and that the LORD will requite me good for his cursing this day.
13 And as David and his men went by the way, Shimei went along on the hill’s side over against him, and cursed as he went, and threw stones at him, and cast dust.
14 And the king, and all the people that were with him, came weary, and refreshed themselves there.

 

Things to think about:

  • Who came along to bless David and his people?
  • Who came along cursing David and his people?
  • Why does there always seem to be both types of people in our lives?
  • How can we deal with those who don’t wish us well?

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture we see that King David had both fans and foes. Thank you for those who are blessings in our lives. Help us to know how to deal with those who are foes. Protect us from anyone who would want evil for us. Help us to show our appreciation for those who bless us. Your Son, Jesus, is the best blessing of all in our lives. Thank You for Him. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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Daily Bible Reading “Absalom Pardoned” (2 Samuel 14:18-33)

2 Samuel 14 Absalom-pardonedAbsalom Pardoned

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 14:18-33. King David told the woman not to hide what he was about to ask her. David asked the woman if Joab was behind her coming to him with this story.

The woman couldn’t lie to the king. David was a wise man. Not much got by him. He had divine connections. She admitted to the king that Joab had put her up to coming to him and given her the story to tell him.

The king told Joab that he had taken care of the matter that the woman inquired about. He told Joab to go get Absalom and bring him back to Jerusalem.

Joab bowed down to the king thanking him for granting his wish. Joab said he knew that he had found grace in the eyes of the king because the king granted his servant’s wish.

Joab went to Geshur and got Absalom and brought him back to Jerusalem. The king told Joab that Absalom could return to his house, but he was not to see the king’s face. David was concerned about Absalom, but he wasn’t ready to see him yet.

Absalom was a handsome man. He was considered to be the most handsome man in Israel. It was said that he didn’t have a blemish from the top of his head to the bottom of his feet.

Absalom had three sons and one daughter. Absalom’s daughter had a fair countenance. She was named after Tamar, Absalom’s beloved sister.

Absalom lived in Jerusalem for two years without even seeing the king’s face. Absalom was getting impatient. He sent for Joab so he could go to the king to get permission for Absalom to see him, but Joab wouldn’t come. After the second request with no response, Absalom lost his patience.

He told his servant to go set Joab’s field on fire. Joab came to Absalom asking why he set his field on fire. Absalom told Joab that he had sent for him twice and he didn’t come. He said he might as well have stayed in Geshur. Absalom told Joab he wanted him to take him to see the king and if the king still was upset with him he could kill him.

Joab went to the king and told him that Absalom wanted to see him. When Joab brought Absalom in, he bowed to the king and the king kissed him.

By this time it had been five years or longer since Absalom killed Ammon. The king had mourned for his son who was killed, but he also missed Absalom. What a terrible situation to be in. No doubt the king had probably experienced all kinds of emotions, including grief, anger, despair, loneliness, and concern. Had he forgiven his son? How does a parent choose between their children?

 

Daily Bible Reading:

2 Samuel 14:18-33

18 Then the king answered and said unto the woman, Hide not from me, I pray thee, the thing that I shall ask thee. And the woman said, Let my lord the king now speak.
19 And the king said, Is not the hand of Joab with thee in all this? And the woman answered and said, As thy soul liveth, my lord the king, none can turn to the right hand or to the left from ought that my lord the king hath spoken: for thy servant Joab, he bade me, and he put all these words in the mouth of thine handmaid:
20 To fetch about this form of speech hath thy servant Joab done this thing: and my lord is wise, according to the wisdom of an angel of God, to know all things that are in the earth.
21 And the king said unto Joab, Behold now, I have done this thing: go therefore, bring the young man Absalom again.
22 And Joab fell to the ground on his face, and bowed himself, and thanked the king: and Joab said, To day thy servant knoweth that I have found grace in thy sight, my lord, O king, in that the king hath fulfilled the request of his servant.
23 So Joab arose and went to Geshur, and brought Absalom to Jerusalem.
24 And the king said, Let him turn to his own house, and let him not see my face. So Absalom returned to his own house, and saw not the king’s face.
25 But in all Israel there was none to be so much praised as Absalom for his beauty: from the sole of his foot even to the crown of his head there was no blemish in him.
27 And unto Absalom there were born three sons, and one daughter, whose name was Tamar: she was a woman of a fair countenance.
28 So Absalom dwelt two full years in Jerusalem, and saw not the king’s face.
29 Therefore Absalom sent for Joab, to have sent him to the king; but he would not come to him: and when he sent again the second time, he would not come.
30 Therefore he said unto his servants, See, Joab’s field is near mine, and he hath barley there; go and set it on fire. And Absalom’s servants set the field on fire.
31 Then Joab arose, and came to Absalom unto his house, and said unto him, Wherefore have thy servants set my field on fire?
32 And Absalom answered Joab, Behold, I sent unto thee, saying, Come hither, that I may send thee to the king, to say, Wherefore am I come from Geshur? it had been good for me to have been there still: now therefore let me see the king’s face; and if there be any iniquity in me, let him kill me.
33 So Joab came to the king, and told him: and when he had called for Absalom, he came to the king, and bowed himself on his face to the ground before the king: and the king kissed Absalom.

 

Things to think about:

  • How did the king find out that Joab was the culprit behind this woman’s story?
  • What was the king’s conditions for Absalom’s return?
  • What did we learn about Absalom in this lesson?
  • How did Absalom get Joab’s attention?
  • What did Absalom want Joab to do?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in 2 Samuel we see that You gave King David wisdom. He discerned that Joab was behind the woman’s story. Joab was able to get the king to let his son return, but their relationship was still strained. In the end we see that David still loved his son when he kissed him. Help us to realize that even when we do wrong You still love us. Our sin may grieve Your heart, but Your love outweighs our sin. Thank You for Your son who died to redeem us of our sin. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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In the beginning of the book the LORD is beckoning His people to return to Him and He will return to them. The dreams that Zechariah has are dreams that are pertinent to his day as well as dreams about the future.

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Daily Bible Reading “Absalom Seeks Revenge” (2 Samuel 13:19-39)

 Vengeance is mineAbsalom Seeks Revenge

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 13:19-39. Tamar was so upset about what her brother Ammon did she put ashes on her head and tore her multicolored garment. She put her head in her hands and cried.

Her brother Absalom saw her distress and asked if her brother Ammon had been with her. He advised her to hold her peace because Ammon was her brother. So Tamar remained in desolation at her brother Absalom’s house.

When King David heard what happened he was angry. Absalom didn’t speak to his brother from that day forward. He was angry with Ammon for forcing himself on his sister.

Two years later, Absalom and his sheep shearers were in Baalhazor, which is beside Ephraim. Absalom went to the king and invited the king, his servants and all the king’s sons to join them.

The king didn’t think it necessary for him and all his servants to join Absalom, because they would be burdensome to him. But the king gave Absalom his blessings.

Absalom insisted that the king allow his sons to join him and his sheep shearers. The king finally gave in and allowed his sons to go with Absalom.

Absalom instructed his servants to wait until Ammon was drunk on wine and when he told them to they were to kill him. Absalom’s servants did as he requested and killed Ammon.

When the other brothers saw what happened they got on their donkeys and left. They may have feared for their life as well.

The king heard that Absalom had killed all of his sons. He was so upset he laid on the ground and he and his servants tore their clothes.

Jonadab came and told David not all of his sons were killed, only Ammon. He also told David that Absalom had it in his heart to do away with Ammon ever since he took advantage of his sister, Tamar.

Absolom fled and the man who kept watch saw many people coming behind him.

Jonadab told the king that his sons were coming home and as soon as he got done telling him they arrived. The king, his sons, and his servants were distraught over Ammon’s death. They all shed tears of grief.

Absalom fled. He went to Talmai, the son of Ammihud, who was the king of Geshur. Absalom stayed in Geshur for three years.

His father, King David, mourned for his son every day. After three years David was comforted concerning his son Ammon, who was dead, but David longed to go to Absalom.

This is one of those tough family situations that went from bad to worse. David’s heart had to be grieved. His family was torn apart by all these incidents. His children turned on one another. Ammon violated his daughter, Tamar and Absalom killed his brother, Ammon. Can you imagine how broken David’s heart must have been?

I’m sure David never imagined that anything like this would take place in his family. Sometimes the people we love the most and are closest to hurt us the worse. Have you ever had tough situations in your family that broke your heart? Maybe you haven’t had anything to this extent or maybe you have. Either way when our heart is broken all we can do is turn to God for comfort.

As you’ve probably heard it said a million times “Two wrongs don’t make a right.” This is a perfect example of that statement. Absalom let his anger get the best of him. It is understandable that he would be angry and upset in this situation, but taking his brother’s life didn’t help the situation any. It only made the situation worse than it already was.

Romans 12:19 tells us, “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”

 

Daily Bible Reading:

2 Samuel 13:19-39

19 And Tamar put ashes on her head, and rent her garment of divers colours that was on her, and laid her hand on her head, and went on crying.
20 And Absalom her brother said unto her, Hath Amnon thy brother been with thee? but hold now thy peace, my sister: he is thy brother; regard not this thing. So Tamar remained desolate in her brother Absalom’s house.
21 But when king David heard of all these things, he was very wroth.
22 And Absalom spake unto his brother Amnon neither good nor bad: for Absalom hated Amnon, because he had forced his sister Tamar.
23 And it came to pass after two full years, that Absalom had sheepshearers in Baalhazor, which is beside Ephraim: and Absalom invited all the king’s sons.
24 And Absalom came to the king, and said, Behold now, thy servant hath sheepshearers; let the king, I beseech thee, and his servants go with thy servant.
25 And the king said to Absalom, Nay, my son, let us not all now go, lest we be chargeable unto thee. And he pressed him: howbeit he would not go, but blessed him.
26 Then said Absalom, If not, I pray thee, let my brother Amnon go with us. And the king said unto him, Why should he go with thee?
27 But Absalom pressed him, that he let Amnon and all the king’s sons go with him.
28 Now Absalom had commanded his servants, saying, Mark ye now when Amnon’s heart is merry with wine, and when I say unto you, Smite Amnon; then kill him, fear not: have not I commanded you? be courageous, and be valiant.
29 And the servants of Absalom did unto Amnon as Absalom had commanded. Then all the king’s sons arose, and every man gat him up upon his mule, and fled.
30 And it came to pass, while they were in the way, that tidings came to David, saying, Absalom hath slain all the king’s sons, and there is not one of them left.
31 Then the king arose, and tare his garments, and lay on the earth; and all his servants stood by with their clothes rent.
32 And Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David’s brother, answered and said, Let not my lord suppose that they have slain all the young men the king’s sons; for Amnon only is dead: for by the appointment of Absalom this hath been determined from the day that he forced his sister Tamar.
33 Now therefore let not my lord the king take the thing to his heart, to think that all the king’s sons are dead: for Amnon only is dead.
34 But Absalom fled. And the young man that kept the watch lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came much people by the way of the hill side behind him.
35 And Jonadab said unto the king, Behold, the king’s sons come: as thy servant said, so it is.
36 And it came to pass, as soon as he had made an end of speaking, that, behold, the king’s sons came, and lifted up their voice and wept: and the king also and all his servants wept very sore.
37 But Absalom fled, and went to Talmai, the son of Ammihud, king of Geshur. And David mourned for his son every day.
38 So Absalom fled, and went to Geshur, and was there three years.
39 And the soul of king David longed to go forth unto Absalom: for he was comforted concerning Amnon, seeing he was dead.

 

Things to think about:

  • What did Absalom tell Tamar to do about what Ammon did to her?
  • How did Absalom plan to get revenge on Ammon?
  • Did his plan work?
  • How did Absalom’s revenge affect his family?
  • Who should we turn to when life gets too hard to handle?

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we study this Scripture in 2 Samuel we see the turmoil that took place in King David’s family. We can see that his heart was broken over these circumstances in his family. Thank God he had You to turn to in his time of trouble. David loved You and You loved him. Help us to turn to You for the comfort we need when life is tough. Help us to keep our emotions under control when life is out of our control. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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Daily Bible Reading “Ammon and Tamar” (2 Samuel 13:1-18)

 2 samuel 13 Tamara-AmonAmmon and Tamar

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 13:1-18. Absolam, David’s son, had a beautiful sister, whose name was Tamar. David’s son, Ammon, was in love with her. David had many wives so these two had different mothers, but their father was King David.

Proverbs 6:25 warns, “Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids.”

Ammon became so obsessed with his sister Tamar that it made him sick. She was a virgin and he couldn’t imagine doing anything to harm her.

But Ammon had a friend named Jonadab. He was the son of Shimeah, David’s brother, which means he was actually Ammon’s cousin. Of course, cousins can be friends and sometimes best friends. Jonadab was a shrewd man.

Jonadab was so close to Ammon that he noticed he was frail and distraught. He asked Ammon what was wrong with him. Ammon told Jonadab of his love for his sister Tamar.

Jonadab devised a plan for Ammon. He told Ammon to pretend that he was sick. Then, he told Ammon when his father, King David, came in to check on him ask his father to send his sister Tamar to cook a meal for him.

James 1:14 says, “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.”

Ammon did as Jonadab suggested. King David didn’t think anything about Ammon’s request. He told Tamar to go cook for her brother Ammon since he was sick. So Tamar went to Ammon’s house and made some cakes for him, but he refused to eat. He was really playing the part.

Then, Ammon sent all his servants away and told Tamar to bring him the cakes to his bed. When she went in to give him the cakes he took hold of her arm and told her to come lie with him. She told him no. She even tried to reason with him, but he wouldn’t listen. She even told him that if he told King David of his desire for her he would probably grant his wishes, but this wasn’t the way to do things. She knew that it was wrong and tried to talk him out of it, but Ammon was stronger than Tamar and forced her to lie with him.

Once Ammon had his way with Tamar he hated her more than he had ever loved her. He told her to get out. She begged him not to send her away, but he insisted. He sent for his servant and told him to make her leave and lock the door behind her.

Tamar was wearing a multi-colored garment, which is what the king’s daughters who were virgins wore. The servant did as Ammon requested and sent Tamar away and locked the door as he was instructed.

Ammon’s obsession got the best of him. He had admired Tamar for her beauty for so long that his desire took control of him. His friend added fuel to the fire when he gave Ammon a plan as to how he could get Tamar to lie with him.

Did Ammon have to carry out the plan that Jonadab suggested? No, he could have resisted the temptation. When the enemy tempts us, we should always look for a way to escape the temptation. What could Ammon have done to escape his temptation for his sister? Surely he could of found some way to escape the temptation.

1 John 2:16 tells us, “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”

 

Daily Bible Reading:

2 Samuel 13:1-18

1 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom the son of David had a fair sister, whose name was Tamar; and Amnon the son of David loved her.
2 And Amnon was so vexed, that he fell sick for his sister Tamar; for she was a virgin; and Amnon thought it hard for him to do any thing to her.
3 But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David’s brother: and Jonadab was a very subtil man.
4 And he said unto him, Why art thou, being the king’s son, lean from day to day? wilt thou not tell me? And Amnon said unto him, I love Tamar, my brother Absalom’s sister.
5 And Jonadab said unto him, Lay thee down on thy bed, and make thyself sick: and when thy father cometh to see thee, say unto him, I pray thee, let my sister Tamar come, and give me meat, and dress the meat in my sight, that I may see it, and eat it at her hand.
6 So Amnon lay down, and made himself sick: and when the king was come to see him, Amnon said unto the king, I pray thee, let Tamar my sister come, and make me a couple of cakes in my sight, that I may eat at her hand.
7 Then David sent home to Tamar, saying, Go now to thy brother Amnon’s house, and dress him meat.
8 So Tamar went to her brother Amnon’s house; and he was laid down. And she took flour, and kneaded it, and made cakes in his sight, and did bake the cakes.
9 And she took a pan, and poured them out before him; but he refused to eat. And Amnon said, Have out all men from me. And they went out every man from him.
10 And Amnon said unto Tamar, Bring the meat into the chamber, that I may eat of thine hand. And Tamar took the cakes which she had made, and brought them into the chamber to Amnon her brother.
11 And when she had brought them unto him to eat, he took hold of her, and said unto her, Come lie with me, my sister.
12 And she answered him, Nay, my brother, do not force me; for no such thing ought to be done in Israel: do not thou this folly.
13 And I, whither shall I cause my shame to go? and as for thee, thou shalt be as one of the fools in Israel. Now therefore, I pray thee, speak unto the king; for he will not withhold me from thee.
14 Howbeit he would not hearken unto her voice: but, being stronger than she, forced her, and lay with her.
15 Then Amnon hated her exceedingly; so that the hatred wherewith he hated her was greater than the love wherewith he had loved her. And Amnon said unto her, Arise, be gone.
16 And she said unto him, There is no cause: this evil in sending me away is greater than the other that thou didst unto me. But he would not hearken unto her.
17 Then he called his servant that ministered unto him, and said, Put now this woman out from me, and bolt the door after her.
18 And she had a garment of divers colours upon her: for with such robes were the king’s daughters that were virgins apparelled. Then his servant brought her out, and bolted the door after her.

 

Things to think about:

  • Why was Ammon obsessed with his sister Tamar?
  • What did Jonadab suggest Ammon do about his obsession?
  • How did Jonadab’s plan play out?
  • How did Ammon feel after he took advantage of his sister?
  • What did Ammon tell Tamar to do after he had his way with her?
  • What lessons can we learn from this incidence that took place with Ammon and Tamar?

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture we can see how sin can cause people to do things they shouldn’t do. Help us to realize there are always things in this life to tempt us to sin. Help us to look for ways to escape the temptation. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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