Amnon is obsessed with the beauty of his half-sister, Tamar. His desire becomes a sickness that goes viral. Jonadab, his cousin, devises a plan for Amnon to get what he wants. Amnon pretends to be ill and requests that his father grant him access to Tamar's culinary skills. David grants his wish. Tamar bakes Amnon the bread that he requests. He refuses to eat in front of the servants, sending them away. Taking advantage of the privacy, Amnon rapes his sister and then hatefully has her locked out of his room.
Amnon fails on two fronts: he yields to the lust of the flesh and he listens to wicked counsel. The two often go hand-in-hand.
Why is this story included in the Bible narrative? This sad page in David's diary highlights the consequences of unbridled lust and listening to wicked counsel. No one is immune from its effect.
Unbridled lust always costs others:
Those who counsel others to fulfill their lusts always have an agenda. Sadly, Jonadab played both ends of the story. He plotted with Amnon to carry out his lust, and he mollified King David after Amnon's death, "For only Amnon is dead" (13:33). Two heirs to David's throne are now out of the way. Perhaps Jonadab is bitterly jealous of the position of his cousins.
Evil counsel may not be a person with an agenda, but a secular philosophy. You were born that way. You deserve that. You can't help yourself. It is a disease or a disorder. You owe it to yourself. She'll get over it. Anything that reeks of death is from the wicked one who comes "to steal, and to kill, and to destroy" (John 10:10).
Like a fire, unbridled lusts and wicked counsel consume everyone that they touch.
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