There once was a king.
This king took.
He took the woman who revived, aroused, inspired passion in him.
He grasped her, kissed her, caressed her.
He gave her a child. But then he lost.
He lost the child.
He lost his other children, too.
One to rape. One to fratricide. Two to rebellion.
Was it worth what he took?
In II Samuel 11, we encounter a story:
I realized that this story- and its consequences- echo those in the Book of Genesis. Now, Genesis is a book dedicated to exploring the need for a sexual ethic, and explaining what ensues when there is no sexual ethic. Without one, men attempt to sodomize other men. Jacob's daughter is raped. Lot and his daughters sleep together. And kings take women who are not theirs.
It happens multiple times. Pharaoh takes Sarah. Abimelech takes Sarah. The reason the kings do this is because they are playing by the sexual ethics of the time- where to see a beautiful woman is to take her.
In Genesis 12:
Then Genesis 20:
Each time a king takes a woman, he suffers the consequences.
Pharaoh and his household suffer great plagues.
Abimelech is threatened with death and the death of his entire household.
What is David's punishment?
There are many pieces to it.
It is as though God is saying, "You would like to play by the sexual ethic of the kings in Genesis? Fine. Let's play."But be aware...you might not like what that means.
Many of the worst Genesis stories are echoed in the fallout from David's actions.
In Genesis, Dina is raped. In David's story, Tamar is raped.
In Genesis, Jacob's sons use trickery to avenge her rape. In David's story, Absalom uses trickery to avenge Tamar's rape.
In Genesis, incest is committed between father and daughter. In David's story, incest is committed between brother and sister.
In Genesis, Joseph's brothers hate him so much that they "cannot speak a kind word to him." In David's story, Absalom hates his brother so much that he cannot speak to him.
In Genesis, Joseph's brothers aim to kill him (although, at the last minute, they do not). In David's story, Absalom kills Amnon.
In Genesis, Jacob loses a beloved son and cannot get over his death. Then, he is threatened with the loss of another son, Benjamin. In David's story, David loses Amnon and eventually loses the beloved Absalom as well.
This is not a coincidence.
It is a direct result of David's choice. He chose to act like a Pharoah. An Abimelech. To live by the sexual ethic of that time.
So God gave him what he wished for. In its entirety.
And so David became a player in a tale out of Genesis.