Like Father Like Son

“Now David’s son Absalom had a beautiful sister named Tamar.  And Amnon, her half brother, fell desperately in love with her.   Amnon became so obsessed with Tamar that he became ill.  She was a virgin, and Amnon thought he could never have her.”  2 Samuel 13:1-2

We’ve all heard the saying, “like father, like son.”  We jokingly say things like, “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” or “he’s a chip off the ol’ block.”  Yet sadly, these idioms are not always intended as a compliment to the tree or the block.

In this Scripture passage, we find another chip off the ol’ block.  King David spied beautiful Bathsheba, lusted after her, and took her to be his own—even committing murder to cover up his crime.  And, God promised punishment.  Like his father, Amnon took what was not his.  He lusted after his half sister, Tamar, and though she was out of his reach, he took her for himself.  There are always consequences for sin.

But, the lasting impact of a life well-lived is immeasurable.  The lasting impact of a life poorly-lived is immeasurable, too.  Our decisions today impact more than just us, more than just today.  They impact eternity—eternity for more than just you and me.

Consider our Heavenly Father.  His Son, Jesus Christ,  was like His Father, as well.  He was perfect in every way, and the choices He made impacted more than just Himself, more than just His time.  They made a difference in our lives, our eternity.

May others find that we are more like our Heavenly Father than our earthly one.


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