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Friday, May 2 2014
2 Samuel 13: The Rape Of Tamar
"Nay, my brother, do not force me; for no such thing ought to be done in Israel: do not thou this folly"
The Holy Bible is also a very real history book. It documents what people did, very good, or very evil - for the purpose of providing lessons for those who would read it. The Bible is unique among "religious" books in that, unlike man-made (man, as a species) religions, the Holy Scriptures tell the whole truth about the people written on its pages, including its "heroes." Humans alone would never have written the Holy Bible as it has been provided.
King David experienced great trouble within his very large families (plural; see The Wives Of King David). While some of David's children were very righteous and wise, others committed rape, incest, murder and treason.
Among the sons and daughters of David were Tamar and Absalom, children of "Maacah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur" (2 Samuel 3:3) and Amnon, the firstborn son of David, with "Ahinoam the Jezreelitess" (2 Samuel 3:2).
Amnon developed an incestuous lust for his half-sister Tamar ("I love Tamar, my brother Absalom's sister"). When his deviant problem became known to "Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David's brother" (i.e. Jonadab and Amnon were first-cousins), devious Jonadab ("Jonadab was a very subtil man") devised a trap for Tamar.
"13:1 And it came to pass after this, that Absalom the son of David had a fair sister, whose name was Tamar; and Amnon the son of David loved her.
When Tamar came to tend to her supposedly sick brother (he was sick, but not in the way that he faked), he attacked her. His lust then immediately turned to hate: "Then Amnon hated her exceedingly; so that the hatred wherewith he hated her was greater than the love wherewith he had loved her." Tamar was sent away, back to her family, by her own brother.
"13:6 So Amnon lay down, and made himself sick: and when the king was come to see him, Amnon said unto the king, I pray thee, let Tamar my sister come, and make me a couple of cakes in my sight, that I may eat at her hand.
The assault destroyed Tamar's life: "Tamar remained desolate in her brother Absalom's house." Absalom, Tamar's full-brother, then decided to destroy Amnon's life, by murder.
"13:20 And Absalom her brother said unto her, Hath Amnon thy brother been with thee? but hold now thy peace, my sister: he is thy brother; regard not this thing. So Tamar remained desolate in her brother Absalom's house. 13:21 But when king David heard of all these things, he was very wroth. 13:22 And Absalom spake unto his brother Amnon neither good nor bad: for Absalom hated Amnon, because he had forced his sister Tamar." (2 Samuel 13:20-22 KJV)
Absalom waited two years for the revenge - perhaps because Amnon was a fierce and deadly fighter (like his father David, who almost certainly was the one who taught his firstborn son and heir-apparent to be a winning warrior). Absalom nevertheless arranged for Amnon to be made "merry with wine" at a time and place where his guard would be down, and then killed by "the servants of Absalom" while he feasted.
"13:23 And it came to pass after two full years, that Absalom had sheepshearers in Baalhazor, which is beside Ephraim: and Absalom invited all the king's sons. 13:24 And Absalom came to the king, and said, Behold now, thy servant hath sheepshearers; let the king, I beseech thee, and his servants go with thy servant.
Absalom then fled to Geshur (an area east of the Jordan River, beyond what is today the Golan Heights), his mother's homeland, where he remained in exile for three years. Unfortunately, as we will cover in the next studies, David allowed Absalom to return - where Absalom committed treason against the kingdom of Israel.
"13:34 But Absalom fled.
Fact Finder: Along with rape and incest, what are some of the other sexual abominations recorded in the Scriptures?
This Day In History, May 2
1194: King Richard I of England granted the city of Portsmouth, on the south coast of England, its first Royal Charter.
1230: William de Braose, of the Marcher Lords dynasty in Wales, was hanged by the Welsh Prince Llywelyn the Great.
1507: Two years after entering the Augustinian monastery at Erfurt, future German reformer, Martin Luther, 23, was consecrated as a Roman Catholic priest. Luther remained in the order until 1521, when he was excommunicated from the Church of Rome.
1519: Leonardo da Vinci, Italian sculptor, scientist and painter of the "Mona Lisa" and the "Last Supper," died at age 67.
1536: Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII of England, was arrested and imprisoned on charges of adultery, incest, treason and witchcraft.
1611: The King James Bible was published for the first time in London, England, by printer Robert Barker.
1668: The Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle between France and the Triple Alliance (England, Sweden and the Dutch republic) ended the War of Devolution (1667-1668) which Louis XIV of France had initiated to advance his claims to the Spanish Netherlands.
1670: The Hudson's Bay Company was chartered. Two French explorers and traders, Pierre Esprit Radisson and Medard Chouart des Groseilliers, proposed the fur-trading company to England's Charles II and a group of English investors. The "governor and company of adventurers" of Hudson Bay received title to all land in western and northern Canada that drained into Hudson Bay.
1776: With the sole purpose of strengthening their own imperial empires (in North America and around the world) by challenging the British empire, France (which at the very same time occupied much of northeastern North America and the vast Louisiana territory to the south) and Spain (which at the very same time occupied what is today Florida and most of southwestern US) began supplying weapons to the rebels in the New England colonies that the British established in the uninhabited wilderness over a century earlier.
1808: The outbreak of the Peninsular War. The people of Madrid rebelled against French occupation. Francisco de Goya later memorialized the event in his painting The Second of May 1808.
1813: During the Leipzig campaign of the Napoleonic Wars, the French won the Battle of Lutzen.
1816: Leopold of Saxe-Coburg, the first king after Belgium, and Charlotte Augusta were married.
1885: The Congo Free State was established by King Leopold II of Belgium.
1918: General Motors purchased the Chevrolet Motor Company of Delaware.
1933: Adolf Hitler banned trade unions in Nazi Germany (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1941: After the coup against Crown Prince 'Abd al-Ilah of Iraq earlier that year, Britain began the Anglo-Iraqi War to restore him to power.
1945: The fall of Berlin at the end of the Second World War. The Soviet Union captured Berlin.
1951: The Council of Europe admitted Germany as a full member.
1952: The first scheduled jet airliner passenger service began with a British BOAC Comet that flew from London to Johannesburg, South Africa carrying 36 passengers.
1953: Jordan's King Hussein took the throne after his father, King Talal, was deposed. In Iraq, King Feisal II assumed power.
1965: The first communications satellite for relaying television pictures became operational.
1982: During the Falklands War, the British submarine HMS Conqueror sank the Argentine cruiser General Belgrano. The ship was previously the U.S. Navy USS Phoenix, that saw action in the Pacific during the Second World War, before it was sold to Argentina in 1951.
1989: Hungarian border guards started taking down the barbed wire along the Austrian-Hungarian frontier. It became the first breach in the "Iron Curtain" that ultimately led to the opening of the Berlin Wall 6 months later, on November 9.
2000: U.S. President Bill Clinton announced that GPS access would no longer be restricted to the U.S. military.
2004: The Yelwa massacre. 630 Muslims were killed by "Christians" in Nigeria.
2008: Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar (in southeastern Asia on the Bay of Bengal). Over 130,000 people were killed and millions were left homeless (a cyclone is a rapid inward circulation of air masses around a low-pressure center; circling counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern - a hurricane is a cyclone).