Saturday, September 22, 2012

David- Amnon and Tamar

By Mary Vee
II Samuel 13

Amnon loved Tamar. He wanted to spend time with her so much he felt sick.

Since he was David's son, he had an advisor to help him. His advisor, Jonadab, also happened to be his cousin.

One day Jonadab came to Amnon. "Why do you look so worn out every morning? Something must be wrong. Tell me. I'd like to help."

Amnon shook his head and sighed. "I'm in love with Tamar and I don't know how to spend time with her."

Jonadab said, "Pretend to be sick. When your father, King David comes to visit you tell him you would like to have Tamar bring you something to eat and make the food in front of you."

This sounded like a good idea to Amnon.

He pretended to be sick, King David came to ask how he felt, and he asked to see Tamar.

David called one of the servants, "Go to Tamar, tell her to vist Amnon and make bread for him in his house."

Later that day, Tamar arrived at Amnon's house. She took some dough, kneeded it, made the bread in his sight and baked it. Then she took the bread and served it to Amnon.

He told all the servants to leave because he wanted to spend time with Tamar.

Tamar said, "Amnon, we should not be alone. This could bring trouble. If you ask the king, he will let you marry me if you want."

But Amnon didn't listen. He hurt Tamar and then yelled, "Get out of my house."

Tamar begged him. "No, please, Amnon. This is wrong."

But he wouldn't listen. "Guard! Get this woman out of my house and lock the door. Do not let her back inside.

Tamar had been wearing a beautiful robe, the kind that lets everyone know she wasn't  married. She changed to plain clothes and put ashes on top of her head. Tears flowed as she walked.

Psalm 4
Answer me when I call to you,
    my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
   have mercy on me and hear my prayer.


How long will you people turn my glory into shame?
   How long will you love delusions and seek false gods
Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself;
   the Lord hears when I call to him.

Tremble and do not sin;
   when you are on your beds,
   search your hearts and be silent.
Offer the sacrifices of the righteous
   and trust in the Lord.
 
 Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”
   Let the light of your face shine on us.
 Fill my heart with joy
   when their grain and new wine abound.


 In peace I will lie down and sleep,
   for you alone, Lord,
   make me dwell in safety

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1.  Who is Amnon?
2.  What was Amnon's problem?
3.  Who is Jonadab?
4.  What did Jonadab tell Amnon to do?
5.  What did Amnon do wrong?
6.  What did Tamar do?

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To read more about this story, ask your parents to read II Samuel 13 with you.


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