POISONED 2; The Cause of Bitterness

The Root

Read later: 1 Samuel 13:1-22
This is how the bitterness story started. Amnon, Tamar, and Absalom were all King David’s children. Amnon one day strangely got so obsessed with his half-sister, Tamar that he wanted to have sexual relations with her. In brief, from his friend’s advice, he hatched a plan, and he succeeded in raping Tamar. After this, he instantly hated her and got her kicked out of the house.

That is the vicious effects of lust playing out here. After he had his way, he wanted nothing to do with her anymore. This lust from Amnon generated so many aftereffects which we will later know. But for now, I’ll say let’s learn to tame our lusts.

The Report

Tamar, in sorrow and livid, went to report the incident to his brother, Absalom. David was also informed. Absalom, already known to be a very honourable man advised Tamar not to take it to heart, And Absalom her brother said to her, “Has Amnon your brother been with you? But now hold your peace, my sister. He is your brother; do not take this thing to heart.” So Tamar remained desolate in her brother Absalom’s house. – 1 Samuel 13:20.

The Indifference

Now, 1 Samuel 13:22 saysAnd Absalom spoke to his brother Amnon neither good nor bad for Absalom hated Amnon because he had forced his sister Tamar. So we can say that out of hatred for what happened, Absalom and Amnon were not on talking terms. This means Absalom did not approach Amnon to speak about the issue, he neither went scolding him nor ranted about Tamar’s desolation. He kept his cool, as it appears.

As of now, we do not have any idea what Absalom will do. We also do not know how their father and king, David will address the problem. What happens next?

“The heart knows its bitterness, and a stranger does not share its joy”. – Proverbs 14:10.

More to come in this series on bitterness.

May the Lord mend our nets!

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