4. This will affect our family
So far, we have been able to see through Scripture that fornication will unite you with the worse of another human being and, that is trouble. We have seen that fornication will have a devastating effect in your soul. The first thing the Philistines did when they seized Sampson was to gouge out his eyes; fornication will damage the vision for your life. The damage does not stop there, fornication will also affect your spirit; we see Salomon worshipping other gods; worship flows out of our spirit.
Think about this for a minute, the most physically powerful man in the history of humanity, Sampson; the wisest man that ever walk this earth, Salomon and, a man like David with a heart after God’s own heart (I Samuel 13:14), could not resist the sin of fornication. That should be a humbling revelation for all of us; fornication is nothing to play with. David, Salomon’s Dad, paid a great price; a price that affected his family directly. In 2 Samuel we see a very sad and tragic story,
Now Absalom, David's son, had a beautiful sister, whose name was Tamar. And after a time Amnon, David's son, loved her. 2 And Amnon was so tormented that he made himself ill because of his sister Tamar, for she was a virgin, and it seemed impossible to Amnon to do anything to her. 3 But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, David's brother. And Jonadab was a very crafty man. 4 And he said to him, “O son of the king, why are you so haggard morning after morning? Will you not tell me?” Amnon said to him, “I love Tamar, my brother Absalom's sister.”5 Jonadab said to him, “Lie down on your bed and pretend to be ill. And when your father comes to see you, say to him, ‘Let my sister Tamar come and give me bread to eat, and prepare the food in my sight, that I may see it and eat it from her hand.’” 6 So Amnon lay down and pretended to be ill. And when the king came to see him, Amnon said to the king, “Please let my sister Tamar come and make a couple of cakes in my sight, that I may eat from her hand.” 7 Then David sent home to Tamar, saying, “Go to your brother Amnon's house and prepare food for him.” 8 So Tamar went to her brother Amnon's house, where he was lying down. And she took dough and kneaded it and made cakes in his sight and baked the cakes. 9 And she took the pan and emptied it out before him, but he refused to eat. And Amnon said, “Send out everyone from me.” So everyone went out from him. 10 Then Amnon said to Tamar, “Bring the food into the chamber, that I may eat from your hand.” And Tamar took the cakes she had made and brought them into the chamber to Amnon her brother. 11 But when she brought them near him to eat, he took hold of her and said to her, “Come, lie with me, my sister.” 12 She answered him, “No, my brother, do not violate me, for such a thing is not done in Israel; do not do this outrageous thing. 13 As for me, where could I carry my shame? And as for you, you would be as one of the outrageous fools in Israel. Now therefore, please speak to the king, for he will not withhold me from you.” 14 But he would not listen to her, and being stronger than she, he violated her and lay with her. 15 Then Amnon hated her with very great hatred, so that the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her. And Amnon said to her, “Get up! Go!” 16 But she said to him, “No, my brother, for this wrong in sending me away is greater than the other that you did to me. ”But he would not listen to her. 17 He called the young man who served him and said, “Put this woman out of my presence and bolt the door after her.” 18 Now she was wearing a long robe with sleeves, for thus were the virgin daughters of the king dressed. So his servant put her out and bolted the door after her. 19 And Tamar put ashes on her head and tore the long robe that she wore. And she laid her hand on her head and went away, crying aloud as she went. 2 Samuel 13:1-19 (ESV)
Not only that we see incest taking place in David’s Family; but two years later Absalom murdered his brother Amnon. After this, Absalom fled and, the story got even worse as in 2 Samuel 16:21-23 we read, “Ahithophel said to Absalom, “Go in to your father’s concubines, whom he has left to keep the house, and all Israel will hear that you have made yourself a stench to your father, and the hands of all who are with you will be strengthened.” 22 So they pitched a tent for Absalom on the roof. And Absalom went in to his father’s concubines in the sight of all Israel. 23 Now in those days the counsel that Ahithophel gave was as if one consulted the word of God; so was all the counsel of Ahithophel esteemed, both by David and by Absalom.”(ESV)
Absalom had sex with all his father’s concubines publicly! This, my friends, is iniquity spreading all through the family. Even as David was forgiven, there was a lot of suffering that he went through that was the result of his own doing. Psalm 119:67 tells us “Before I was afflicted, I went astray, but now I keep your word.” (ESV) There is an affliction that comes our way simply because we went astray… it is nobody’s fault, but ours. I know that in today’s society personal responsibility is not received well, but the Scripture tells us that we will reap what we sow.
To be continued…