August 29, Reading 1 – 2 Samuel 13

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SAA Notes

David’s immorality has its consequences in his family. The fruits of rape, rejection, and murder are all harvested by David as time goes by. We see that David cannot change his children’s hearts. God’s people need a greater Saviour. Our families need this same Saviour too, as David’s did.

SJA Notes

“Then Amnon hated her with a very great hatred, so that the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her.”

And so this sorrowful story continues, the sword not departing from David’s house.

How terrible the deeds are that we read here.

Amnon’s despicable act.

Absalom’s hatred and revenge.

Jonadab’s plotting and playing both sides.

David’s weaknesses in his responsibility as a father.

Why wasn’t Amnon punished by David? David got angry, but did nothing further.

Why wasn’t Absalom punished by David? David’s spirit longed to go out to Absalom.

The sword was at the house of David. The temporal consequences of his murder and adultery quickly took a horrible toll on his family.

This is an important reminder for us. While in Jesus we are fully and completely saved, the consequences of our sin on earth are still in existence. Just as death still reigns in our mortal bodies.

We need God’s word written on our hearts.

“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11

We need more Jesus. Less us.

* Loving God Above,

You are the good God, who is love. You are just and true.

You are the way, the truth and the life – There is none like You.

Please write Your word upon our hearts, as we read and dwell on Your word, as we wrestle with what You have to say to us in our lives.

Please make us more like Jesus!

Amen.

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