And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel (Gen 3:15)
Today is the unveiling of our Trivia Thursday Answer to: ‘The King’s Daughter.’
Beverley from the Blog, ’Becoming the Oil and the Wine’ submitted her correct Answer this week.
She also commented on this sad story, reminding Us that there are many lessons that can be learned through both Tamar’s tragedy, as well as Dinah’s.
Today’s featured daughter was named Tamar– not Judah’s Daughter-in-law – Tamar.
Yes! These two women share the same name.
Yes! She may even be a ’namesake,’ but she is no Canaanite.
She is born of the Tribe of Judah, a son of Jacob, and she is the baby girl to King David of Israel.
Now Very Much like Jacob, David had several wives and concubines (secondary wives) and therefore he had many children with multiple mothers.
Amongst them were, Tamar and her older (full) brother, Absalom. They were both children born to David, and their mother was named Maaccah.
Now the eldest brother, who was heir to the throne, and the first born son of David was Amnon. His mother was named, Ahinoam.
There are several more wives and children of David’s to list from 1 Chronicles 3:1-9, but these are the most critical names that we will need to recognize, as we look into this tragic and incestuous tale.
Now prince Amnon had fallen ‘lovesick’ for his half-sister Tamar. So we know pretty early on that this young man already has some serious ‘issues.’
But he kept his feelings toward Tamar hidden. The only person Amnon shared his secret with was the ‘very subtil,’ Jonadab.
Subtil- Sly;cunning; crafty; deceitful; treacherous.
Have We Seen This Word Before in the Bible??
Sure We Have!!
-Now the serpent was more ‘subtil’ than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? (Gen 3:1)
Keep that in Mind!! 🧐
Now Jonadab is actually Amnon’s first cousin- The son of David’s brother- but here, he is described as a friend to Amnon, which reminds us, We should be very careful who We call ‘friend!’
But Jonadab is no friend, He is All foe, and the voice of the serpent speaks through him!!
Yes! It’s the serpent, now raising his ugly head from within King David’s household. He had previously slithered into the garden to beguile Eve and now he has slithered into Amnon’s house to beguile and defile Tamar.
Jonadab uses his crafty words, expressing false concern for Amnon, inquiring about his loss of appetite and his leanness, reminding him that he is the heir to the throne- Why should he be denied anything or anyone??
-including his sister, Tamar.
Satan had already prepared the ground, feeding Amnon’s incestuous lust for his sister, now he plants the seed of deception, advising him to use trickery to draw Tamar into his bedroom, all alone.
The seed takes root and Amnon feigns illness, using his leanness to appear sickly. David of course, becomes concerned about Amon’s health and appearance and unwittingly sends to him Tamar- at Amnon’s request.
We know that this story does not end well for Tamar- nor does it end well for Amnon, but satan, once again has prevailed in the King’s Home!!
He had slithered into the House of David, biting his children, and thus resulting in terrible desolation and death amongst his children and the women in his home.
Now this woman, Young Tamar was satan’s original target here- as was Eve in the garden. He had slithered in to isolate, deceive, and to victimize the weaker sex. He also used this same strategy or M.O.- modus operandi against Dinah.
Remember, Dinah was ‘all alone’ when she was violated by Shechem.
Eve was ‘all alone’ when she was beguiled by satan.
And Tamar was ‘all alone’ when she was defiled by Amnon, which resulted in a lifetime of despair and desolation for this virtuous daughter of King David.
Unfortunately, the serpent is still loosed within David’s house, and we will soon witness the treacherous bite and the fall of the King’s younger son, Absalom.
Absalom will go on to seek his brother’s blood in vengeance. He will wait for David to administer justice for his sister Tamar, but when David fails to act, Absalom will take matters into his own hands and thus fall captive to satan’s trickery as well.
We Praise God for Jesus, Our King and Savior who came to Save the Sinner and Set the Captives of Satan Free!!
Remember Neighbor, there were also serpents in the wilderness, biting God’s people resulting in death and despair, but God told Moses to make a serpent of brass, and place it upon a pole, and those who were bitten could look upon the brazen serpent and live!! (Numbers 21:8-9)
That’s the representation of our Lord and Savior, Jesus upon the Cross!!
Unfortunately today, the fiery serpents still slither within our camp, as sin is still ever present in our flesh, but when We look to Jesus, Receiving Him as Our Saviour, and Repenting of Our Sins, Our bounds are loosed and the chains are broken!!
Don’t Forget Neighbor, We Still Have the Victory in Jesus!!
Revelation 20:12 tells Us that Jesus has already prevailed against that serpent of old and in the end- We Win!!
-And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years (Revelation 20:2)
Amen And Amen!!
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