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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

April 10 - Morning

"In the course of time, Amnon son of David fell in love with Tamar, the beautiful sister of Absalom son of David. Amnon became so obsessed with his sister Tamar that he made himself ill. She was a virgin, and it seemed impossible for him to do anything to her...So Amnon lay down and pretended to be ill. When the king came to see him, Amnon said to him,

'I would like my sister Tamar to come and make some special bread in my sight, so I may eat from her hand.'

David sent word to Tamar at the palace:

'Go to the house of your brother Amnon and
prepare some food for him.'

...Then Amnon said to Tamar,

'Bring the food here into my bedroom
so I may eat from your hand.'

And Tamar took the bread she had prepared and brought it to her brother Amnon in his bedroom. But when she took it to him to eat, he grabbed her and said,

'Come to bed with me, my sister.' "

- Second Samuel 13:1-2, 6-7, 10-11

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
David's Daughter Tamar    

The response of Tamar and her father, King David, show the personal trauma and alteration of social status that such an event produces. Tamar’s reaction is captured in 2 Samuel 13:19-20 where it says:

“Tamar put ashes on her head and tore the ornate robe she was wearing. She put her hands on her head and went away, weeping aloud as she went... And Tamar lived in her brother Absalom’s house, a desolate woman.”

Tamar had been honored to wear the royal robe of a virgin daughter of the king. A virgin daughter of the king was a valuable commodity that could be used in negotiations with other countries or in political alignments. Tamar had great self-worth and had been prepared for a life of prominence in the royal courts of the Near East. But, now she had lost everything. Tamar’s status had changed forever. She could no longer look forward to being part of international treaties or negotiations. She no longer represent her father’s strength and national influence. She would never be offered in marriage to a prominent leader, a national military hero or an important foreign royal ally to enjoy the eminence and luxury of court life. Tamar would live the rest of her life unusable and unwanted. She had suddenly become a desolate woman who had slipped from great opportunity into obscurity in a brief moment of time.

King David’s response was similarly revealing:

“When King David heard all this, he was furious.” - 2 Samuel 13:21

David was furious, but inactive. David was upset by his son’s actions and the violation of his daughter, but it is difficult to punish or remedy a sin that David is guilty of himself. How could David address his son Amon when David was guilty of the same thing? How could David comfort his daughter when David’s wife, Bathsheba, had, in a sense, been violated in a very similar way by David himself?

The scriptures merely say that when the King heard this report he was furious. David's own sin had multiplied and at the same time left his hands tied. It would be two whole years before another one of David's sons felt compelled to take action in the place that David himself was paralyzed to act. Tamar's brother, Absalom, would kill Amnon.

  Christian Quote from Church History

“The Christian faith has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult
and left untried.”

– G.K. Chesterton

Something to Ponder??

Pope Innocent III (1198-1216) organized the church, centralized its power and worked to gain control of the governments of Christendom. Innocent III said that the pope was more than a man sitting in Peter’s seat, but was the “Vicar of Christ” being “below God but beyond man.” The church council known as the Fourth Lateran Council met in 1215 to accept Innocent’s ideas and ratify hundreds of decrees for the church. These decrees included an annual requirement for each person to appear before a priest for confession and the taking of communion. Also, the council approved the seizure of heretics (anyone who disagreed with the church) by the state governments and they officially accepted the doctrine of transubstantiation.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Zebach (Hb) - Sacrifice (Eng) - zebach is the Hebrew word meaning “sacrifice.” The majority of the meat of the zebach was returned to the worshipper after the fat had been burned on the altar (Lev. 3:4-5), the blood poured out around the altar (Lev.3:2), and the meat shared with the priest (Ex. 29:28; Lev. 7:31-35; Deut. 18:3). Zebach included the Passover zebach (Ex. 12:27); the peace offering (Lev. 3); the thanksgiving zebach (Lev.7:12). The zebach was not the same as the ‘olah, or “burnt offering,” which was completely consumed on the altar. Neither was the zebach the chatta’t, “sin offering,” where the meat was given to the priest.


Students of the Natural Sciences, Great Britain.

"We, the undersigned, Students of the Natural Sciences, desire to express our sincere regret that researchers into scientific truth are perverted by some in our own times into occasion for casting doubt upon the truth and authenticity of the Holy Scripture. We conceive that it is impossible for the Word of God written in the book of nature, and God's word written in Holy Scripture, to contradict one another. Physical science is not complete, but is only in a condition of progress.”

- Signed by 800 scientists of Great Britain, recorded in the Bodelian Library, Oxford.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
I will avoid sin and godless behavior so that I might be a source of strength, guidance and comfort for others who are ravaged by the evil effects of sin.   "The name of the righteous is used in blessings,
    but the name of the wicked will rot."

- Proverbs 10:7
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
Deuteronomy 31 First Samuel 29 First Samuel 9-10
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns

Greater desire to know God

Love and selflessness


Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
The remains of the walls and the gate system at Lachish in the land of Judah. Lachish was one of the last fortification that fell the Assyrians in 701 BC and the Babylonians in 587 BC.

Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC

There is a Hebrew inscription in an ashlar by the Triple Gate in the southern wall of the Temple Mount. This Hebrew inscription is carved into the molding of the
jamb of the Triple Gate. The inscription, possibly a memorial, consists of the names of two Jews who had died. The inscription is dated at around 750 AD when the
Muslim Abassid dynasty ruled, and Jews could
only worship at the gates of the Temple Mount.
(See a photo of the inscription and the Herodian jamb
of the Triple Gate here.)

The remains of the walls and the gate system at Lachish in the land of Judah. Lachish was one of the last fortification that fell the Assyrians in 701 BC and the Babylonians in 587 BC. (More here)

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