Summary: The story of Amnon and Tamar shows us the Shame and Folly of sin.
(2 Sam 13:1-14) "whither shall I cause my shame to go?"
Whether we will admit it or not there is a price to pay for sin.
Tamar knew that even as the VICTIM of a sinful situation, she would have to live with the shame of what had happened to her.
Even the VICTIM of sin has to bear the shame of what the sinful person did to her!
> Tamar knew that she would have to bear the shame of the sin that was done to her!
She said, Amnon, would be as one of the fools in Israel.
This girl knew that there is shame and folly in sin.
> And that even though she would bear the shame, Amnon would be looked on as a fool!
Some people are so ungodly that they have absolutely no shame in their sin.
> They have seared their conscience as with a hot iron!
> They don’t feel guilty at their sin!
> They are not ashamed about it!
> They don’t blush when someone does something in front of them!
Sin has a downward progression even while becoming more acceptable.
When Adam and Eve sinned, they were so afraid that they hid from God.
> They were so afraid they tried to cover up their sin.
One chapter later Cain is murders his brother.
> Mankind progressed from eating the forbidden fruit to murder.
> But, Cain doesn’t hide from God, he just goes about his business as if nothing happened.
Three chapters later, and fewer than ten generations later...
> Men have so corrupted themselves that God decides to destroy every living creature.
> In just nine generations, only 8 people on earth were still faithful to God.
How quickly we get accustomed to sin.
And, how quickly the next generation gets so much more wickeder than the previous.
"There arose a generation that knew not the Lord."
50 years ago homosexuality was perversion...
> Today its an alternate lifestyle.
50 years ago students were disciplined for talking in class, chewing gum, or fighting.
> Today its drugs, rape, and guns.
God hasn’t changed. God still calls sin by name.
> We have changed! And sin has become acceptable.
There was a day in which these things were shameful and hidden.
Jeremiah asked: "Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush!
> We are no longer ashamed of sin in ourselves or in others.
> Christians talk of worldly, carnal, sensual things, WITHOUT EVEN BLUSHING?
Tamar, knew what sin would do to her.
> She said, "whither shall I cause my shame to go?"
She knew what sin would do to her abuser.
> She said, "Thou shalt be as one of the fools in Israel".
THE SHAME AND FOLLY OF SIN
I. The King’s Son.
A. Amnon is a type of the Christian.
1. He is a child of the king.
> He is an heir to the kingdom.
> He is loved by his father.
> The picture is of the Christian.
2. Amnon is carnal, but he is still the king’s son.
> Is it possible to be a carnal Christian?
> You know it is...
> Not only is the Bible is full of evidence of the carnal Christian, but look at your own life!
B. Amnon had every reason to live right.
1. Amnon had a reputation (v. 4).
> Amnon was the King’s son.
> He was well favored.
> He had all the silver and gold he could ever want.
> He was royalty.
> He was a prince!
> He could have had any woman in the kingdom, even Tamar (v. 13).
2. Amnon was educated.
> He was no vagabond. He was the king’s son.
> Educated under the very best of teachers.
> He knew the law. He knew the Word of God, therefore it was hard for him to do this sin (v. 2).
3. Amnon had a conscience.
> Amnon would not have overcome his conscience if not for Jonadab’s influence.
II. The Consequences.
A. Sin Dulls the ear.
1. Sin causes the ear to grow dull toward the Word of God.
> Paul said that he had a lot to tell the Hebrew Church about Jesus Christ, but couldn’t...
> "Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing."
2. Jesus quotes Isaiah: "The heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing."
> SIN DULLS THE EAR!
B. Sin Darkens the eye.
1. Many can no longer see the sin in their life, because the eye has been darkened.
> "Men love darkness rather than light, because their deeds are evil."