Beyond the Lectionary Text: 2 Samuel 13:1-22

by Bill Sytsma

Comments and Observations

I love the Brady Bunch. In almost every episode there is a problem that can be neatly wrapped up in 30 minutes or less. Whether it’s a broken vase, a bruised nose, an injured ankle, or a changing voice; the problem is never insurmountable. There is no crisis that cannot be overcome by timely advice from engaged parents as well as respectful responses from the children.

Sometimes, the damage of sin lasts longer than 30 minutes.

In 2 Samuel 13, we are given an insiders view of gut-wrenching family dynamics that seem to have no quick and easy solution. In the previous chapter, King David is told that his sin with Bathsheba would cause calamity in his own house. The sword would never leave his family. In Chapter 13, we see the beginning of that scandal that would lead the deaths of two sons as well as the shame of his daughter. As the story of this scandal unfolds, we see that there are some circumstances that have no easy solution. No one seems to act in a heroic manner that will lead to peace. There are no good answers.

A Word of Caution

The Scandal

The Fallout

Sin's Corruption

The Responses

The Surprise