Family dysfunction is one thing, family dishonor is quite another.
Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word
Psalm 119:73 You made me; you created me. Now give me the sense to follow your commands.
Read - 2 Samuel 13
Every family has a fair bit of dysfunction. Some of it can even be a bit amusing if we don’t take ourselves to seriously. King David’s family was no different in that. Sadly, it didn’t stop at dysfunction. Amnon took his dysfunction to the extreme when he plotted and then raped his relative (Tamar). Then the dysfunction led to greater dysfunction when Absalom (Tamar’s full brother) took vengeance by killing Amnon. Sin can lead to greater sin. Passions do have a purpose but when we must have what we want ‘now’ we can be led by our passions rather than leading them.
Lord, I lay my dysfunctions at your feet and ask you to help me overcome them.
Go back to Genesis 38 and remember the story of another ‘Tamar’ and another sexual dysfunction. Pray for purity in this area.
Deceived. Amnon had convinced himself that the only way he could be with the woman he loved was to rape her even though Tamar gave a more honorable pathway to this union. Divided. Tamar had been loved by Amnon, but as soon as he pursued his passions inappropriately his extreme love turned to hatred. Destroyed. Amnon would be killed because of this dishonor. The enemy misleads another and uses the common bait of sexual sin.