“He Hated Her”
“He Hated Her”
We continue with the horrific account of Amnon and Tamar.
Such things happen in abundance today.
Nothing is new.
Remember, Amnon had orchestrated/entrapped Tamar.
He then violated her.
He had what he wanted.
He had/did what he had long dreamed and anticipated.
It gets uglier…
2 Sa 13:15
Then Amnon hated her with a very great hatred;
for the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her. And Amnon said to her, “Get up, go away!”
Often, upon initial reading of this verse, people are confused.
How could such happen?
How could he now feel this way?
How could love turn to hatred?
Live long enough and you know the answer.
We all have had…to use a flippant colloquialism of the day… “buyers remorse”.
We just have to have something.
We get it.
We wonder the next day why we did it.
Amnon confused fleshly lust with love.
In the lust of his flesh he desired her.
In the lust of his flesh he conquered her.
In the lust of his flesh he hated her.
There was no love involved.
There was now intense hatred.
The problem with Amnon lied not in his ability to have Tamar.
His problem was much more than that.
Focus upon desires of the flesh rather than desiring the Lord.
These brought out the evil within.
John gives us some insight to these types of situation…beginning with the Garden of Eden rebellion and going forward…
1 Jo 2:15-17
Do not love the world nor the things in the world.
If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world,
the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life,
is not from the Father, but is from the world.
The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
Where do you stand?
Are you driven/motivated by the lusts of the flesh and eyes and the boastful pride of life?
These are not from Father.
Do the will of God.