Summary: We must not give in to our temptation and be overtaken by our lusts.
The Allure of Sin
August 5, 2012 Evening Service
Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK
Message Point: We must not give in to our temptation and be overtaken by our lusts.
Focus Passage: 2 Samuel 13:1-14
Supplemental Passage: No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13 NASB)
Introduction: Thomas Costain's history, The Three Edwards, described the life of Raynald Ill, a fourteenth-century duke in what is now Belgium. Grossly overweight, Raynald was commonly called by his Latin nickname, Crassus, which means "fat."
After a violent quarrel, Raynald's younger brother Edward led a successful revolt against him. Edward captured Raynald but did not kill him. Instead, he built a room around Raynald in the Nieuwkerk castle and promised him he could regain his title and property as soon as he was able to leave the room.
This would not have been difficult for most people since the room had several windows and a door of near-normal size, and none was locked or barred. The problem was Raynald's size. To regain his freedom, he needed to lose weight. But Edward knew his older brother, and each day he sent a variety of delicious foods. Instead of dieting his way out of prison, Raynald grew fatter.
When Duke Edward was accused of cruelty, he had a ready answer: "My brother is not a prisoner. He may leave when he so wills." Raynald stayed in that room for ten years and wasn't released until after Edward died in battle. By then his health was so ruined he died within a year. . . a prisoner of his own appetite.
Dave Wilkenson. http://www.sermonillustrations.com/a-z/l/lust.htm
I. Forbidden Fruit
a. It wasn’t that Tamar was his half sister that made her unattainable; it was the cultural aspect of her being separated from all men, even those of her father’s household.
b. Because she was unattainable, Amnon wanted her all the more
i. When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. (Genesis 3:6 NASB)
ii. Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on the roof of the king's house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful in appearance. (2 Samuel 11:2 NASB)
II. Bad Advice
a. Amnon had an ungodly friend who was going to help him get what he wanted
b. Jonadab didn’t care for Amnon nor for Tamar
i. Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good morals." (1 Corinthians 15:33 NASB)
III. Selfish Plans
a. Amnon utilized the plan the Jonadab put forth, instead of rejecting it.
b. Tamar pleaded with him to not violate her, but he was controlled by his lust
c. Amnon hated his half-sister after the fact, because of his sin, not hers