“A Fool of Israel”
“A Fool of Israel”
We continue the story.
Amnon was feigning sickness before the king so as to procure Tamar’s culinary skills…
2 Sa 13:7-14
Then David sent to the house for Tamar, saying,
“Go now to your brother Amnon’s house, and prepare food for him.”
So Tamar went to her brother Amnon’s house, and he was lying down.
And she took dough, kneaded it, made cakes in his sight, and baked the cakes.
She took the pan and dished them out before him, but he refused to eat.
And Amnon said, “Have everyone go out from me.” So everyone went out from him.
Then Amnon said to Tamar, “Bring the food into the bedroom, that I may eat from your hand.” So Tamar took the cakes which she had made and brought them into the bedroom to her brother Amnon.
When she brought them to him to eat, he took hold of her and said to her,
“Come, lie with me, my sister.”
But she answered him,
“No, my brother, do not violate me, for such a thing is not done in Israel;
do not do this disgraceful thing!
“As for me, where could I get rid of my reproach?
And as for you, you will be like one of the fools in Israel.
Now therefore, please speak to the king, for he will not withhold me from you.”
However, he would not listen to her;
since he was stronger than she, he violated her and lay with her.
Amnon’s motivation is revealed.
All this plan was done so that he could have his way with his sister Tamar, so he could violate her.
He watched her as she cooked.
He dismissed the other people.
He moved them into the bedroom.
He forced himself upon her.
He overpowered her.
There was no reason, save for the pure lust of desire for the moment.
A lust that he had been developing for a period of time.
She offered herself to him, but in the proper way.
She told him to “speak to the king”…ask daddy…and the king would not have withheld her from him.
He could have had her.
He did not want that.
He did not care about the violation.
He did not care about the disgraceful nature of such a thing.
He did not care that such a thing was done in Israel.
He only wanted what he wanted then.
He was a fool of Israel.
Be not a fool.