WHEN THE WOLF HOWLS – Chapter 47

Posted: February 1, 2016 in When the Wolf Howls
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WHEN THE WOLF HOWLS

Dagger for When the Wolf Howls

© by Ross Cochrane

Chapter 47

You are so beautiful. thought Amnon as he gazed across the courtyard towards the woman’s quarters. She was walking with her mother Maacah. Your laugh is like the song of a mountain stream to a thirsty man who longs to be refreshed. “I would give anything to drink from your stream,” he said softly.

“What are you looking at?” Jonadab said, looking in the same vicinity as Amnon. Amnon turned suddenly, not aware that Jonadab had approached.

“You startled me!” he said with an annoyed look on his face. Jonadab smiled as he watched the women move out of sight. “Appreciating the beauty of the kingdom, I see,” he said.

“She is the most beautiful woman I have ever seen.” said Amnon.

“The mother you mean, of course.” Jonadab taunted and smiled. “That whole family is good-looking. Absalom has the handsome features of your father and his sister has the beauty and poise of a gazelle.”

“Ah, so you’ve noticed it too!” said Amnon.

“No-one in the kingdom disagrees that Tamar is beautiful.” Being the daughter of a king, she lived in the palace amidst the outward beauty of David’s kingdom, but Tamar had an inward beauty and grace that made her company all the more attractive and inviting. She had readily responded to her father’s belief in God and her values and character reflected her faith. She cared for the sick in the king’s household and helped widows.

Tamar’s half-brother, Amnon, had fallen in love with her from a distance. He was all that Tamar was not. Selfish and headstrong, he enjoyed being a king’s son because he could acquire most things. Now he wanted Tamar. But young virgin daughters of the king were well protected from such advances as Amnon wished to make upon Tamar.

Absalom and the rules of court made it virtually impossible for Amnon to develop a relationship with her, and the law of God did not permit such relationships in marriage. Frustrated because he could not get what he wanted, Amnon had made himself ill, emotionally and physically.

Being a very shrewd businessman for his father, Jonadab enjoyed mixing with David’s sons and especially his cousin Amnon. They had become fast friends. It gave him an opportunity to make further business acquaintances and he enjoyed their friendly banter. It also gave him opportunity to be in contact with Amnon’s father, the king. Shimeah, Jonadab’s father had encouraged his son to mix with those who had been blessed. Shimeah was king David’s brother and was secretly quite jealous of his success.

In the days that followed, Amnon wasn’t himself, so Jonadab came straight to the point, “Amnon, you are the son of the king, so why are you so depressed morning after morning?”

Amnon replied, “I am in love with her.”

“Who?” said Jonadab, a little confused.

“Tamar!”

“Tamar… But she’s your half-sister! Tamar was Absalom’s sister, daughter of David and Macaah. Jonadab now understood the longing in Amnon’s eyes as he had looked at Tamar a few days earlier.

“You do realise that the law would forbid you from…”

“I am well aware of the law and I don’t need to be reminded of what I can and cannot do!” snapped Amnon.

They spoke for some time. Jonadab felt a little sorry for Amnon. He hadn’t eaten for days and so, being a little more devious than his friend, Jonadab devised a plan to allow Amnon to come into contact with Tamar. It wouldn’t hurt to break a few rules until Amnon saw the folly of his ways.

It was simple really but at least, Amnon would get to talk with her. He said, “Here’s the plan. You pretend to be sick. That shouldn’t be too hard. You look half starved already. When your father comes to see you, say to him, ‘Please let my sister Tamar come and give me some food to eat. Tamar has a reputation as one who cares for the sick. Your father won’t suspect anything.’” The plan was successful but Jonadab hadn’t planned on the outcome.

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