Ordering a murder

Old Testament: 2Sa 13.28

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Samuel 13–14 on April 25, In the year of our Lord Christ 2021

By Don Ruhl 

David had ordered the killing of Uriah. Later, one of David’s sons orders the killing of one of his brothers, also a son of David: 

Now Absalom had commanded his servants, saying, “Watch now, when Amnon’s heart is merry with wine, and when I say to you, ‘Strike Amnon!’ then kill him. Do not be afraid. Have I not commanded you? Be courageous and valiant.”

– 2 Samuel 13.28 

This was part of the awful price that David had to pay for committing adultery with Uriah’s wife and then having him killed. Normally, David should have died for his sin, but the Lord allowed him to live. However, he had to suffer many consequences for his sin. He may have wished later that he had died for his sin rather than seeing all the things that happened later, such as Absalom ordering the killing of Ammon. 

We may be forgiven of sin, but its consequences can still haunt us dearly. 


  • Do you regret having committed all the sins that you have committed? 
  • Are you suffering the consequences of forgiven sin? 

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