Today's devotion from 2 Samuel 13.
David's greatest battles seem to be coming from his own household. His relations with Bathsheba are almost dwarfed by a murderous incident in the familial home. One son, Amnon, lusts for his half-sister, Tamar, to the point that he schemes to rape her. She pled with him. She reasoned with him. She offered herself in marriage to him. However, sin had taken hold of Amnon's heart. However, and I can't believe I'm about to write this, perhaps her rape is not the most unbelievable aspect of this account.
After she was kicked out and barred from Amnon's presence, Tamar was rightly devastated. She had been violated in a most despicable way. The grief and depression was obvious to those who loved her, as was demonstrated by her brother, Absolom. But to me, the most difficult verse in the whole lurid account is verse 21, "When King David heard about all these things, he was furious." (2 Samuel 13:21, CSB)
This crime, and yes, it very much was a crime, was not hidden from the king. He hear ALL these things. Yet, what did this king do? He got angry. That's. It. He rightfully should have been angry, but where is justice? Where is the king's sense of right and wrong? Actually, forget about that. Where is this father's care and concern for his daughter and what had happened to her?
Granted, we don't know what actually transpired after the account, but we do know that two years pass, and Absalom has patiently waited. When the opportunity presents itself, he kills his half-brother, and flees to Geshur. Then, after a period of time, we see David longing to see his son, but, again, not actually acting. He, "...longed to go out to Absalom," but he didn't.
No one is right in this account. Amnon was despicable. David was negligent. Absolom was calculating. And poor Tamar was told to be silent, and, "...lived as a desolate woman in the house of her brother Absalom." (2 Samuel 13:20, CSB) Where is justice? Absalom will turn against his father, and David will lose others because he failed to act justly. Let us be courageous enough to pursue justice even when it is not convenient.