May 29, 2024

Thomas McNeilly

Jesus Christ is King

2 Samuel 13 and Matthew 9:37
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1After some time, David’s son, Amnon, began to love Tamar. She was the beautiful sister of David’s son, Absalom. 2Amnon became ill because he wanted his sister Tamar so much. But she had never slept with a man and it seemed difficult for Amnon to do anything to her. 3But Amnon had a friend called Jonadab. He was the son of David’s brother Shimeah. And he seemed to know what to do about anything. 4He asked Amnon, ‘Why do you seem so sad every morning? Tell me about your trouble.’ Amnon said to him, ‘I love Tamar, my brother Absalom’s sister.’ Jonadab suggests a bad idea to Amnon 5Jonadab said, ‘Go to bed. Say that you are ill. Your father will come to see you. Then you can ask him that your sister Tamar might come to give you something to eat. Say, “Please let me see her make food. And then let her feed me with it.” ’ 6So Amnon went to bed. He said that he was ill. When the king came to see him, Amnon spoke to him. ‘Please let my sister Tamar come. I want her to make some special bread while I watch her. Then she can feed me with it.’ 7David sent a servant to Tamar. ‘Go to your brother Amnon and make some food for him,’ he said. 8So Tamar went to her brother Amnon’s house. He was in his bed. She took flour and water and she mixed them well. She made cakes while he watched her. And she baked them. Amnon has sex with Tamar 9Then she took some and she gave them to him. But he would not eat them. ‘Send everyone out of here,’ Amnon said. So everyone left him. 10Then Amnon said to Tamar, ‘Bring the food here into my bedroom so that you can give it to me with your own hands.’ So Tamar took the cakes that she had made. And she brought them to Amnon in his bedroom. 11But when she went to him he took hold of her. And he said, ‘Come to bed with me, my sister.’ 12‘Do not do it, my brother,’ she said. ‘Do not cause me to do a wrong thing like that. We in Israel should not do things like that. It is an evil thing. 13Think about me. Nobody would honour me. I would be ashamed and I would not be able to hide myself. And nobody would honour you. People would think that you were like the worst men in Israel. Speak to the king. I am sure that he will let you marry me.’ 14But he refused to listen to her and he was stronger than she. So he took her and he had sex with her. Amnon causes Tamar to be put out of his house 15Then Amnon hated her. He hated her more than he had loved her. ‘Go away!’ he shouted. 16‘No!’ she said to him. ‘To send me away would be a worse thing to do. It would be worse than the bad thing that you have already done to me.’ But he refused to listen to her. 17He shouted for his special servant. He said to him, ‘Take this woman out of here and lock the door behind her.’ 18So the servant put her out and he locked the door behind her. She was wearing a very beautiful dress. All the king’s daughters who were not yet married wore these beautiful clothes. 19Tamar put dirt on her head. And she tore the beautiful dress that she was wearing. She put her face in her hands. And she wept aloud when she went away. Everyone is very angry with Amnon 20When her brother Absalom saw her he said, ‘I think that my brother Amnon has hurt you! Now be quiet; he is your brother. Do not let it make you angry.’ And Tamar lived in her brother Absalom’s house. She was sad and lonely. 21When someone told King David about all this, he was very angry. 22Absalom hated Amnon because he had done that very wrong thing to his sister, Tamar. So he would not even speak to him. Absalom kills Amnon 23After two years, Absalom’s servants were cutting the wool from his sheep. That was at Baal Hazor, near to Ephraim’s land. Absalom asked all the king’s sons to meet him there. 24He spoke to the king. ‘Your servant has men with him to cut the sheep’s wool. Would it give the king and his officers pleasure to come too?’ he said. 25‘No, my son,’ the king replied. ‘We should not all go. It would cause you too much trouble.’ Absalom asked him again. He refused again, but he gave his blessing to him. 26‘If you will not come, will you let my brother Amnon come?’ Absalom asked. The king said, ‘I do not know why he should go with you.’ Matthew 9:37 Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Many people are ready to believe God’s message. They are like many plants with ripe seeds in a big field. But there are very few workers to bring in the ripe seeds.