What a great day at church yesterday! The morning began with a great breakfast fellowship (thank you ladies), the service was well attended, the choir was great, the message blessed by the Lord, as we had two young people, a 19 and a 18 year old trust Christ as their Saviour. Also a family from Avon is seeking a church. Thanks be to God for His goodness, and for a risen Savior!
2 Samuel 13:3, "But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David's brother: and Jonadab was a very subtil man."
Friendship can be a source of great blessing or a great curse. Psalm 1:1 speaks about associations to avoid, for it states, "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful." Amnon had a friend (who is also his cousin), Jonadab, who was described as "a very subtil man". In the context of this passage you learn that he was a schemer, he was crafty, he was shrewd. Gill describes him in his commentary as, "a very penetrating man into the dispositions of men, and could judge by their countenances what they were, and the affections of their minds, and had a talent in forming schemes; he was wise to do evil and was wickedly cunning."
It is sad when one chooses to develop friendships with those who will not build them up in their Christian faith. What kind of people have you surrounded yourself with? Are they individuals who love the Lord? Are they people who encourage you to live righteously and godly? Or have you chosen to surround yourself with people of the world, or with other believers who consistently murmur and complain, or who fail to live righteously before the Lord?
Amnon's scheming friend concocted a plan by which he could rape his sister Tamar. Who would want to have such a friend as this!
Choose your friends wisely, for they will either be a blessing or a curse to you. Proverbs 27:6, "Faithful are the wounds of afriend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful." ‚Äč‚Äč
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