Now, Amnon fell in love with Tamar. This isn’t God’s love. It was more like he fell in lust for her. Amnon was the son of David and Tamar was his half-sister. Amnon loved his half-sister, Tamar, and so deceived her. Many of us confuse lust with love. It is not uncommon for those who have been victims of incest and abuse to mislabel love. Jesus said, greater love hath no man than that he should lay down his life for his friends. Amnon wanted Tamar for his own selfish reasons. He had no care for her being, or for what his actions would do to her.
He had become so obsessed that vexation set in. He thought and fantasized of her so often he became ill. The Bible says he knew he could do nothiing about this so he just made himself sick with idea of being with Tamar. The Spirit of Amnon desires whatever it cannot have and increases in intensity each time it reflects on the object desired. Forbidden and unlawful things suddenly have an appeal and attraction they never possessed before (i.e. I know she’s married but I believe The Lord told me she’s my wife).
Although, Amnon struggled secretly with his desires, he had no plan to carry them out. However, he had a friend who hatched the perfect plan for Amnon and his lustful desires. Where there is a will, there is a way. Where there is power and disrespect for another, there is the abuse of power and a victim is spawned. Amnon’s friend, Jonadab, said, “Act like you are sick and ask to have Tamar come to take care of you. Then, you can have your way with her." Be careful who you call your friend and prayer partner. The spirit of Amnon encourages deception and causes one to mislead others by false appearance or statement (i.e. I’ll see you on Sunday). TO BE CONTINUED...
Prayer Father, create in me a clean heart and renew the right spirit within me. Help me to discern who my true friends are. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Go Deeper? Lev. 18:6; Lev. 20:17; 2 Samuel 13; 1 Thess. 4:4-6; James 1:14-15; 2 Peter 2:7-8; 1John 2:16; 1John 4:8