Summary: This is sermon series is a 3 part Expository Sermons that deal with the issues of Sexual Abuse and how the Church needs to respond.

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“The Perversion of Love”

The Enabler

II Sam 13:1-

Now Ab′salom, David’s son, had a beautiful sister, whose name was Tamar; and after a time Amnon, David’s son, loved her. 2 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. 3 But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jon′adab, the son of Shim′e-ah, David’s brother; and Jon′adab was a very crafty man. 4 And he said to him, “O son of the king, why are you so haggard morning after morning? Will you not tell me?” Amnon said to him, “I love Tamar, my brother Ab′salom’s sister.” 5 Jon′adab said to him, “Lie down on your bed, and pretend to be ill; and when your father comes to see you, say to him, ‘Let my sister Tamar come and give me bread to eat, and prepare the food in my sight, that I may see it, and eat it from her hand.’”

• Wow; what a heavy story to deal with when we are talking about the Love month of Lent. But God really laid this on my heart a few weeks ago because there are 5 elements in this story that the church needs engage.

• The Church has been to quiet with regards to the “Perversion of Love” and there are 5 identities that I believe that the church needs to address and learn the correct response.

• Over the next few weeks my sermons are going to be very plain spoken, in some ways PG-13. But……

• I would rather people hear the truth from the pulpit than to buy into a lie from the world! X 2

• The season of Lent begins on Wed, but Lent is all about making preparation in receiving Christ. We as the church need to be prepared in how we receive people in a broken world!

• There are 5 identities in this story that I believe that God wants to “pull the veil back” and allow us to see the brokenness and perversion of love that exists in the lives of people. And we as the church need to learn how speak to them and make connection that reveals the real love of Christ that was demonstated on the Cross of Calvary.

• 5 Identities: Jon-adab; Ammon; Tamar; Servant, and Absalom

• This morning I want to deal with Jon-adab- The Enabler

II Sam 13:3

But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jon′adab, the son of Shim′e-ah, David’s brother; and Jon′adab was a very crafty man

• Jon-adab is the grandson of Jesse; one of King David’s brother Shemah sons. So he is Ammon’s cousin. It isn’t surprising that they are close friends. But what a friend he is.

• The Bible says he was “a crafty man”. In other words he was sly, he was slick, he had ulterior motives, but in some ways he was attempting to help out his friend.

• Jon-adab was an Enabler. An enabler is someone who promotes a specific type of behavior in another person. The term is most often associated with people who allow loved ones to behave in ways that are destructive to themselves or others.

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