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2 Samuel 13 [Read]
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Luke 20:1-26 [Read]
I like fairy tales, and I read many of them when I was young. They often portray a world with kindness and hope, and even the bad guys seem harmless. The main characters are usually charming and beautiful and, most importantly, they always have a happy ending. Therefore, I expected Bible to be that kind of book. After all, it is a book about God. But I did not realize one thing: Bible is also a book about human.
Today’s OT reading illustrated the dark side of human. The sin David committed with Bathsheba basically opened up the floodgate of evil in this supposedly glorious period of Israel’s history. First, we see the lustful desire of Amnon toward his half sister Tamar. Such desire eventually pushed him to commit the abhorrent crime of rape, and he made it worse by abandoning Tamar right after his filthy desire was satisfied.
Then we have Absalom, whose name means “peace of my father”, but his deed certainly did not show that. He held his hatred against Amnon for 2 long years (13:23) and eventually carried out his vengeance through murder. His behavior vividly demonstrated how much bitterness human heart could harbor and how horrible the end result could be.
Meanwhile, we also see the non-action of their father. David did not do anything to Amnon besides being furious (13:21), and he did not comfort Tamar for what she had been through. After Absalom committed the murder, David again chose to do nothing. When it comes to children, even the godliest person can falter.
Finally, we have the manipulators in Jonadab and Joab around to make things worse. It seemed that sin could always find helpers to accomplish its destructive acts, and some of those helpers could be seen as righteous sometimes. Many hands were on this mess, and the Kingdom was in the brink of collapse.
We have to wonder “where was God in this mess?” My view is that God was there all the time, watching human carrying out his judgment against David (12:10-12). Human may not be just, but God is. But God also showed his love in such darkness by keeping David alive, “for He had promised to maintain a lamp for him and his descendants forever” (2Ch 21:7), and this lamp has become the corner stone of our faith (Luke 20:17). There is a happy ending after all.
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