“But Amnon Had a Friend”

2 Samuel 13 documents a devastating chapter in the life of king David and his family. Because of the content, it’s not an easy chapter to read. Here’s how it begins:

Now Absalom, David’s son, had a beautiful sister, whose name was Tamar. And after a time Amnon, David’s son, loved her. And Amnon was so tormented that he made himself ill because of his sister Tamar, for she was a virgin, and it seemed impossible to Amnon to do anything to her. But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, David’s brother. And Jonadab was a very crafty man. (2 Sam 13:1-3)

Did you catch the detail that shapes the entire course of events in 2 Samuel 13? “But Amnon had a friend.” What can we learn from 2 Samuel 13 about the friends we choose and the input we are willing to receive from others?

This sermon was delivered on November 27, 2016.

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