Posted by: arieliondotcom | April 11, 2013

Lust Will Find a Way (2 Samuel 13)

Lust Will Find A Way (2 Kings 13)

Lust is like water. It will find its way in. Especially if you’re a man. (Though women lust, too). And as in today’s chapter, it will seek its lowest level. It will justify any action, no matter how degrading, to satisfy itself and once satisfied will flow stronger until the current becomes more depraved to satisfy itself again. Only the combination of a healthy mental, spiritual and physical sex life in Christ can keep lust contained for any time. And even then it will always be seeking the weakest point to find its way in.

We saw in the last chapter that lust caused David, who had been given everything a man could want, to want the one thing he couldn’t have, another man’s wife. Though he couldn’t have her legally he had her physically, committed adultery with her and murdered her husband to cover it up. He thinks he has gotten away with it until GOD sends the prophet Nathan, who had once thought David could do no wrong, to accuse him and tell him of judgment to come. This chapter is another phase of that judgment.

David’s sin was born of lust of the eyes, seeing the beautiful, naked, but married Bathsheba. His punishment continues (after the death of a baby from the adultery) when his oldest son, Amnon, lusts after David’s daughter and Amnon’s half-sister by another mother.

There’s no way Amnon could get near Tamar because she was a virgin daughter of the king. She would be surrounded by guards and handmaids living with David. Even her clothing marked her as a virgin and untouchable. But Amnon has seen enough to lust after her so much he couldn’t eat. The word translated “love” but really meaning “lust” has a root word used as a pun for “root”, longing, like a root reaching for water.

Even in his lust Amnon had a limited imagination. But if you remember what we said a few chapters ago, bad company has consequences. Amnon has a nasty friend who gives him a plan on how to rape Tamar. And, seeking any way it can be satisfied, that old friend of the family, Lust, cut Amnon’s heart off as it had in his father. And that evil plan sounded good to him.

Amnon tricks David into sending Tamar to take care of him on his sick bed then tricks Tamar into coming close enough to pull her into that bed and rape her despite her protests.

Tamar tried to convince Amnon to ask David for her as wife but Amnon raped her anyway. It would have been legal for them to marry because they were not blood relatives and Amnon’s mother was a gentile. (Some Jewish commentator’s even say she was already pregnant when David took her as part of the victory over her husband, a king.) Either way, lust had passed the point of no return.

Suddenly, with the tide of lust gone, Amnon saw nothing but the ravages left behind, like litter at ebbtide on a beach. He now recognized “love” for the lust it was and had Tamar thrown out of the house.

But look at Tamar’s response. Even as she was being raped she imagined Amnon would make it right by marrying her. It never occurred to her that he’d throw her out but he did.

Tamar seeks shelter in the home of her blood brother Absalom and he gives it along with very bad advice to just don’t take it to heart. But he’s thinking more of himself than his sister. He lusts, too, but for vengeance. Though Scripture says to leave vengeance to the LORD, Absalom harbors his desire to kill Amnon for years. Finally, through trickery, Absalom gets his way and kills Amnon at a banquet then runs into self-imposed exile.

So where is David in all of this? He heard about what had happened. He was outraged. So did he bring Amnon to justice? No. He did nothing. Imagine what this did to David’s reputation in the eyes of his raped daughter and Absalom? We might ask here why Tamar sought help from her brother and not her father? Perhaps in her heart she knew he would do nothing. A lingering effect of his own lust years ago made him reticent to punish it in his son. Though he gets over the death of Amnon quickly, David longs for Absalom to return. But what does he do about it? Again, nothing.

So what does all of this have to do with us? First we must remember these are all consequences of David’s lust with Bathsheba. Our sin trickles down and has consequences we might never have imagined.

Second, men must realize the difference between lust and love. Your body will make them seem the same. They’re not.

Finally, don’t let your own sin stop you from calling wrong out as wrong and sin out as sin. Yes, we’ve all sinned. And GOD says not to say others deserve more punishment for the same sin you’re commiting. But the fact neither of you should be doing it is no reason to be silent. Wrong is still wrong and needs to be stopped even if you’re guilty of that or another sin yourself.

Like the sin GOD warned Cain was crouching at the door, life drips with lust. We are intended to overpower it, But everyone, Christians included, must check against leaks every day. The current of Davids sin with Bathsheba will continue to pour wreckage on his life. Let us learn and beware for our selves.

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