Day 151 – May 31, 2021
Scriptures: 2 Samuel 13-14, Psalm 36
It has been fascinating to read the life of David and his family alongside the Psalms. In today’s reading, we have the terrible story of Amnon and Tamar.
Tamar is raped by Amnon. Amnon then pushes Tamar by pushing her away and shaming her. It is everything we have come to despise culturally in the abusiveness of powerful men, taking advantage of others. Amon plots wickedness in his bed. He is so wicked and evil, truth and love for God is far from him.
Absalom is a righteous man, who exacts justice on Amnon. And there is quite a bit going on to reconcile David and Absalom, and it finally happens at the end of the chapter. A son reunited with his father and greeted with a kiss. It reminds me of Luke 15, and the return of the prodigal son to his father.
It seems pretty clear that David is speaking of Amnon, when he writes in Psalm 36, “In their own eyes they flatter themselves, too much to detect or hate their sin. The words of their mouths are wicked and deceitful; they have ceased to be wise and to do good. Even on their beds they plot evil; they commit themselves to a sinful course and do not reject what is wrong.”
Nothing would keep Amnon from his sinful course.
We see a lot of evil today. David, felt it deeply and that’s what we read in Psalm 36. We see many who have no fear of God. But David says, “I have a message from God in my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked….
“Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens…For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.”
In the unfailing love of God, we receive Jesus Christ as the light and life for the world. In the light of Jesus, we see light. Against the backdrop of the wickedness of the world, we have hope in the righteous goodness of God in Jesus Christ. Jesus is the light in the darkness.
Trust in his unfailing love, in his light, we have light.
Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.