Tuesday, 8 June 2021
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One: V1-21 Not Supposed to Listen
Peace and healing are from God, given to us freely, but when we sin, we leave a gap in the spiritual realm then the devil will have an opportunity to attack us.
David’s eldest son Amnon loved his sister Tamar. From this, we can see that David’s family had a problem with lustful desires. David was also not loved when he was little and he did not bring the love of God into his family. He gave his children the love, which spoiled them instead of giving them God’s love.
When David, the father of the household, did not listen to the prophet but did whatever pleased him, then the devil came to attack his family. David listened to his son that when Amnon asked for his sister Tamar to attend him, David agreed. Amnon was the son of David’s first wife before he became king whereas Tamar and Absalom were born of a princess. David did not notice how very different his children were brought up and did not listen to the prophet’s warning in the previous chapter.
Amnon was a fool because he listened to his friend and followed his lustful desires because his father did not bring the real love of God into the family. This resulted in the tragedy of the family.
Tamar wanted to stay after her brother slept with her. We can see from here that she was also not living in the truth. Tamar should have brought this sin to her father, but she was confused and tried to cover the sins instead of letting them to light. When Amnon rejected her, she went to Absalom, her brother, instead of her authority.
Section Two: V22-36 Not Forgive
Absalom did not forget about this matter, he held hatred and unforgiveness toward Amnon for two years. He plotted to kill his own brother. As a father, David knew that Absalom invited Amnon but he did not stop him. In fact, when Absalom killed Amnon, all the other brothers ran away. We can see from here that David’s household did not have unity, everyone only thought about themselves.
When David heard that his sons were dead, he again didn’t do anything. He only lied on the floor until Jonadab came in to report the news. Jonadab was a wicked man, he was the one who suggested Amnon ask for his sister in the first place, and now he made the matter seemed small to David. Why Absalom committed this sin? Why would Jonadab know only Amnon died? Very likely he was part of the evil scheme.
Absalom did not bring his sister to David. He didn’t believe David will sort out the matter for them. He held unforgiveness for 2 years. He killed his brother then he ran away.
V37-39 Not Admiting the Mistake
Absalom ran away to the king of Geshur and hid there. He would rather stay in a foreign country than seeking help from his own people. Again David was sad that Absalom ran away, but again he didn’t do anything, he didn’t even go to look for Absalom. He let him run away and did not deal with this case.
The series of events that happened in David’s household created a big gap for the devil to come in. Nathan’s prophecy came true and led to the destruction of David’s family.
When we know the problem we need to let God’s love come into our household and protect our family. Through Christ, who gives us strength, we can block the gap. But we must bring the truth into our household, and let the light come to our family and our lives.
Prayer & Pursuit
Lord, let us wear Your Armour every day, not to stay in the lustful world, not to only think about our own sinful desires. Help us to block the gap in our lives, so we will know our mistakes, admit our mistakes, and bring the true light into our families. Amen.
这一章是回应之前神对大卫与拔士巴所行之事的刑罚 – “我必从你家中兴起祸患攻击你。我必在你眼前把你的妃嫔赐给别人”（12:11）。我们很容易知错认错，但我们是否知道自己罪的后果，并因此警醒？虽然耶稣基督在十字架上赦免了我们的罪，但我们因着所犯的罪在灵界里有了一个破口，使自己容易在同一个地方跌倒。
V16 她玛这句话的意思是她想要留下来跟着暗嫩，但这是不合律法的教导。她本该立刻回去将这样一个乱伦的罪报告大卫 – 根据律法，她玛若是被迫发生关系，她就是无罪的，然而当她玛跟暗嫩发生关系后，她放下了之前所相信的真理，愿意活在一个罪恶的混乱里面。当我们没有堵住我们的破口，没有将真理带入我们的家，这个罪会一直流传到我们的子孙后代。
V29 这就是大卫的家：大哥被人杀了，所有其余的王子却逃跑。他们没有骑马，而是骡子 – 骡子其实跑得很慢，跟走路没什么区别。这些兄弟之间的感情看起来也不是很好。