Topic: Bark with Bite
[DCLM Daily Manna 3 November 2018 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: 2 Samuel 13:21-29 (KJV)
Key Verse: “But when king David heard of all these things, he was very wroth“ (2 Samuel 13:21).
King David was a courageous soldier but a weak family man. He had committed dual iniquities of adultery and murder. God pronounced severe punishments against him, having given the adversaries of the Lord an occasion to blaspheme His name. God’s chastisement of David reveals His impartiality as no respecter of persons. He would not allow the wicked to go unpunished, because He could not tolerate sin.
In the text, we see the result of God’s punishment on David. Amnon, his son, committed incest with his half-sister, Tamar. When David heard, he was angry, but did nothing to discipline the young man. Some Bible commentators believe that David could not act decisively because Amnon was his eldest son and the next heir to his crown. It is arguable that David’s guilt with Bathsheba, rendered him more awkward in punishing Amnon. This led to Amnon’s murder by Absalom.
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There are many Christian homes today whose living conditions make siblings prone to committing incest. No matter our level of earning power, there must be decency in the set-up of our homes. Children must not be exposed to nakedness of parents or the opposite gender. Adequate demarcation should be made for our children to respect the privacy of the opposite gender.
God abhors sin in all its forms and His judgment looms over unrepentant sinners. Christian leaders should never withhold the rod of discipline from their erring members. Similarly, parents should rebuke and discipline their wayward children to prevent evil from spreading.
Thought For The Day: Never shut your eyes to evil for it will grow.
Bible Reading In One Year: Mark 11; John 12