2 Samuel 13:12-15 12 “Don’t, my brother!” she said to him. “Don’t force me. Such a thing should not be done in Israel! Don’t do this wicked thing. 13 What about me? Where could I get rid of my disgrace? And what about you? You would be like one of the wicked fools in Israel. Please speak to the king; he will not keep me from being married to you.” 14 But he refused to listen to her, and since he was stronger than she, he raped her. 15 Then Amnon hated her with intense hatred. In fact, he hated her more than he had loved her. Amnon said to her, “Get up and get out!”
Sin is such a filthy liar. It tells you that it will be good, that it will satisfy your desires. It tells you that it will feel good and give you a high. But it leaves the part out about the giant crash after the high. Sin is a trick, the ultimate bait and switch. It promises excitement of life and delivers death.
Amnon learned first-hand the effects of sin. He had a gross heart to begin with polluted by his uncontrolled thoughts. He wanted to have sex with his half-sister. He claimed to be madly in love with her. But it wasn’t really love, it was out of control lust. His cousin didn’t help, either. He gave Amnon the bright idea of faking sickness to get alone with his sister, Tamar. He trapped her in his room and asked her to come to bed with him. She gave him an out – she called out his sinful heart and even went as far to saying she would marry him if he wanted her so badly. But he wouldn’t listen. Instead, he raped her.
That’s because sin must be satisfied now. It is impulsive and demanding. It mocks self-control and demands its own way. But it always disappoints. In verse 15, it says that after Amnon raped Tamar, he hated her with intense hatred. He had been duped by his wicked heart. What he thought was love was really lust and temptation and wickedness. And he felt the full effects of the let down of sin. He felt hatred, guilt, and disgust. That’s what sin will do to you. It promises satisfaction then condemns you once you pursue it. It is a false hope, a false happiness, a false everything. Sin is a fraud and should be arrested on such charges.
So we have two choices: we can either live with the determination to keep sin behind bars or we can let sin put us behind bars. What will you choose today?