Thoughts and Reflection
Today we learn that David wants to build a house for the Lord, but the Lord says he will build David a house. God told Samuel to anoint David as a king of his people Israel because he was a man after the Lord’s heart. This is a good reminder that God does not look at outward appearances, instead, he looks into the heart. In Chronicles, God reaffirms that David’s dynasty will endure forever.
David’s son Amnon lusts after Tamar, his half-sister. Even though she protests, he takes her and he also destroyed Tamar’s future. Many today may feel like Tamar, they are used up and cannot be loved. We need to remember that Jesus takes our brokenness and makes us whole. Absalom avenges his sisters by killing Ammon and begins Absalom’s rebellion against David. When David learns what his son had done, he does not act and this will mark David’s life with his family. His actions do not live up to his high calling.
About This Project
For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!
2 Samuel 13
1 After this, the following events took place. Absalom son of David had a beautiful sister whose name was Tamar; Amnon son of David fell in love with her.
5 Then Jonadab said, ‘Take to your bed, pretend to be ill and, when your father comes to visit you, say, “Please let my sister Tamar come and give me something to eat; let her prepare the food where I can see. What she gives me I shall eat.” ‘
6 So Amnon lay down and pretended to be ill. The king then came to visit him and Amnon said to the king, ‘Please let my sister Tamar come and make a cake or two where I can watch. What she gives me, I shall eat.’
8 Tamar went to the house of her brother Amnon who was lying there in bed. She took dough and kneaded it, and she made some cakes while he watched, and baked the cakes.
10 Amnon then said to Tamar, ‘Bring the food to the inner room, so that I can eat what you give me.’ So Tamar took the cakes which she had made and brought them to her brother Amnon in the inner room.
13 Wherever should I go? I should be marked with this shame, while you would become disgraced in Israel. Why not go and speak to the king? He will not refuse to give me to you.’
20 Her brother Absalom said to her, ‘Has Amnon your brother been with you? Sister, be quiet; he is your brother; do not take the matterto heart!’ Tamar, however, went back to her brother Absalom’s house inconsolable.
23 Two years later, when Absalom had the sheep-shearers at Baal-Hazor, which is near Ephraim, he invited all the king’s sons.
24 Absalom went to the king and said, ‘Now sir, your servant has the sheep-shearers. Will the king and his retinue be pleased to come with your servant?’
25 ‘No, my son,’ the king replied, ‘we must not all come and be a burden to you.’ And though Absalom was insistent, he would not go but dismissed him.
27 On Absalom’s insistence, however, he let Amnon and all the king’s sons to go with him. Absalom prepared a royal banquet
28 and then gave this order to the servants, ‘Listen carefully; when Amnon’s heart is merry with wine and I say, “Strike Amnon down”, then kill him. Don’t be afraid. Have I not myself given you the order? Use your strength and show your mettle!’
29 Absalom’s servants treated Amnon as Absalom had ordered. The king’s sons all leapt to their feet, mounted their mules and fled.
32 Jonadab son of Shimeah, David’s brother, then spoke up and said, ‘Do not let my lord take to heart the report that all the young men, the king’s sons, have been killed, since only Amnon is dead: for Absalom has been promising himself to do this since the day when Amnon raped his sister Tamar.
33 So my lord the king must not imagine that all the king’s sons are dead; only Amnon is dead
34 and Absalom has fled.’ The man on sentry duty looked up and saw a large troop coming along the road from Bahurim. The sentry came to tell the king, ‘I have seen some people coming down the Bahurim road on the mountainside.’
38 When Absalom had gone to Geshur, he stayed there for three years.
1 Chronicles 17
2 Nathan said to David, ‘Do whatever you have in mind, for God is with you.’
3 But that very night the word of God came to Nathan, as follows:
4 ‘Go and tell my servant David, “Yahweh says this: You must not build a temple for me to live in.
6 In all my travels with all Israel, did I say to any of the judges of Israel, whom I had commanded to shepherd my people: Why do you not build me a cedar-wood temple?
9 I am going to provide a place for my people Israel; I shall plant them there and there they will live and never be disturbed again; nor willthey be oppressed by the wicked as they were in former times
11 And when your days are over and you have gone to join your ancestors, I shall appoint your heir — who will be one of your sons — to succeed you, and I shall make his sovereignty secure.
13 I shall be his father and he will be my son, and I shall not withdraw my favour from him, as I withdrew it from your predecessor.
15 Nathan related all these words and this whole revelation to David.
16 King David then went in, sat down in Yahweh’s presence and said: ‘Who am I, Yahweh God, and what is my lineage, that you have led me as far as this?
17 Yet, to you, O God, this seemed too little, and now you extend your promises for your servant’s family into the distant future, making me see as it were a whole succession of men, and it is Yahweh God himself who raises it up.
18 What more can David reply to you for the honour you have given to your servant? You yourself have singled out your servant.
20 Yahweh, there is no one like you, no God but you alone, as everything that we have heard confirms.
21 Is there another people on earth like your people Israel, whom a god has proceeded to redeem, to make them his people and to make them famous and do for them great and terrible deeds, by driving out nations before your people, whom you redeemed from Egypt?-
25 since you, my God, have disclosed to your servant that you are going to build him a dynasty. Hence, your servant has ventured to offer this prayer to you.
26 Yes, Yahweh, you are God indeed, and you have made this generous promise to your servant.
27 What is more, you have deigned to bless your servant’s dynasty, so that it may remain for ever before you; and since you, Yahweh, have blessed it, blessed will it be for ever.’
1 [Of David] Accuse my accusers, Yahweh, attack my attackers.
10 My very bones will all exclaim, Yahweh, who can compare with you in rescuing the poor from the oppressor; the needy from the exploiter?
12 repay my kindness with cruelty, make my life barren.
18 I will give you thanks in the great assembly praise you where the people gather.
19 Let not my lying enemies gloat over me; those who hate me unprovoked look askance at me.
23 Up, awake, to my defence, my God and my Lord, to my cause.