Tamar was raped by her half-brother Amnon. Absalom, who was Tamar’s full brother, avenged her rape by killing her rapist, their half-brother. She was devastated, and never recovered, and lived in Absalom’s home. Tamar, Absalom, and Amnon were all King David’s children. The king did not rule on Tamar’s rape, but mourned over Amnon’s death. Did he excuse Amnon since he violated Bathsheba’s marriage, and therefore felt unable to make a sound ruling? Probably. Tamar was left with the guilt, and the scars of being raped. Such a heinous act, but death was too good for him! This is why justice is so important. King David should have handled this better.
Our judicial system must stay in place, with balanced judges, who can make fair and unbiased decisions. We the people must fight for this! Do not leave the judges blank on your ballot! Do a little background research, check their Facebook, Twitter, and their websites, to make sure you agree with their thoughts on issues. Use the power of your vote to install the best representatives possible.
Absalom answered Joab, “Behold, I sent word to you, ‘Come here, that I may send you to the king, to ask, “Why have I come from Geshur? It would be better for me to be there still.” Now therefore let me go into the presence of the king, and if there is guilt in me, let him put me to death.’” 2 Samuel 14:34