May 29 – Today’s Readings – 2Samuel 13-15 and Psalms 149
Back in Chapter 11 David had a major moral failure and sinned. Nathan the prophet confronted him in Chapter 12 and said, “Out of your household I am going to bring calamity upon you”. Chapters 13-15 certainly reflect a series of “calamities” for David, his family and his kingdom because it seems everything fell apart morally within his family.
– There was unbridled lust when “Amnon became frustrated to the point of illness on account of his sister Tamar” (2 Samuel 13:2)
– There was deceitfulness – “so Amnon lay down and pretended to be ill” (2 Samuel 13:6)
– There was incest – “Amnon son of David fell in love with Tamar, the beautiful sister of Absalom son of David” (2 Samuel 13:1)
– There was rape – “since he was stronger than she (Tamar), he raped her” (2 Samuel 13:14)
– There was hatred – “then Amnon hated her with intense hatred” (2 Samuel 13:15)
– There was plotting, 1st degree murder & revenge – “my lord should not think that they killed all the princes; only Amnon is dead. This has been Absalom’s expressed intention ever since the day Amnon raped his sister Tamar” (2 Samuel 13:32)
– There was grief, depression and serious breakdowns in communication – “the king said, ‘He must go to his own house; he must not see my face” (2 Samuel 14:24)
– There was conspiracy – “so the conspiracy gained strength” (2 Samuel 15:12)
– There was rebellion – “he stole the hearts of the men of Israel” (2 Samuel 15:6)
– There was great fear – “Come! We must flee, or none of us will escape from Absalom” (2 Samuel 15:14)
All these troubles came from WITHIN David’s family. How is it that one pattern of sin can lead to such a legacy of disgrace and conflict? I’m not sure I know the answer, but the thought of it certainly makes me want to live under the shadow of the Almighty so that my children and grandchildren can have a good foundation and a righteous legacy to build on.
“But pastor, you don’t know all the mistakes I’ve made in the past – does this mean that my family is doomed?” Absolutely not! Though we can’t do anything about the past except pray about it, receive forgiveness and make restitution wherever possible, we can go forward and live in such a manner as to break the generational sin patterns in our families. One thing I know about the Lord however – He specializes in answering the prayer of His saints and building new things out of devastation. There is hope for all of our families. The solution for us is to keep praying for each of them – even the rebels – and trusting that God will turn things around in their lives so that they come to a place of peace with God.
1. Give another example of a Biblical character whose family suffered from generational sin problems.
2. Give an example of someone who broke the generational sin patterns in their family.