Remember what the Lord said to David about the outcome of his sin?
Remember what would happen to his family?
The sword would never depart…?
‘Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house,
because you have despised Me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’
So it begins.
Give close attention to the relationships of the individuals.
Watch who they are close to…
Now it was after this that Absalom the son of David had a beautiful sister whose name was Tamar, and Amnon the son of David loved her.
Amnon was so frustrated because of his sister Tamar that he made himself ill,
for she was a virgin, and it seemed hard to Amnon to do anything to her.
But Amnon had a friend whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, David’s brother; and Jonadab was a very shrewd man.
He said to him,
“O son of the king, why are you so depressed morning after morning?
Will you not tell me?” Then Amnon said to him,
“I am in love with Tamar, the sister of my brother Absalom.”
Jonadab then said to him, “Lie down on your bed and pretend to be ill; when your father comes to see you, say to him, ‘Please let my sister Tamar come and give me some food to eat, and let her prepare the food in my sight, that I may see it and eat from her hand.’”
So Amnon lay down and pretended to be ill; when the king came to see him,
Amnon said to the king,
“Please let my sister Tamar come and make me a couple of cakes in my sight,
that I may eat from her hand.”
Many a book, story, movie and the like have been written around such intrigue.
Amnon loved his sister Tamar - this would be a half sister, David had several wives by this time, some which we have already encountered.
Amnon made himself sick with his “love” for Tamar.
In his eyes she was “unattainable”.
As we will see, it was not love.
It was lust.
HIs self-inflicted “depression” was noticed by his friend Jonadab.
Jonadab was a friend and a cousin, enhancing the familial story line.
Jonadab suggested subterfuge, deception - a lie.
“Pretend to be ill” so as to deceived King David, Amnon’s father.
Present the situation and solution…let Tamar cook before you and feed you.
Let her be in your presence.
Amnon agreed and executed the plan.
What could go wrong?
He was lying to the King.
He was lying to his father.
He was seeking to manipulate the situation for some unstated purpose and goal…though we can imagine the intent.
We will see later.
For now, beware of the “Jonadabs” in our lives.
Beware of the lust of the eyes and flesh that literally have physiological fruit.
Keep your eyes upon the Lord, not upon the things of this world.