GATTTES


GATTTES

GATTTES

Gospel, Rap, Reggae
From: PHOENIX, AZ, United States

About Artist

2018 NEW RELEASE: "SOLDIERS DESTINY" Featuring: Artist BEEDO 2017 NEW RELEASE: THAT'S "GANGSTA" IN THIS LIFE WE DON'T ALL HAVE IT EASY, BUT GOD HAS A PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE NO MATTER WHERE YOU COME FROM OR WHO YOU ARE GOD SENT HIS SON JESUS CHRIST TO REDEEM YOUR LIFE HERE AND NOW AND FOR ETERNITY GOD'S FREE GIFT IS FOR YOU!!!!!!!!! BY GRACE YOU ARE SAVED NOT BY WORKS LESS ANY MAN SHOULD BOAST!!!!! THAT'S "GANGSTA" ????? GOD OWN'S THE UNIVERSES AND UNIVERSE & GOD SAID IF YOU WANT TO BE HIS HE WILL PROTECT YOU FOREVER NOTHING CAN SEPARATE YOU FROM HIS LOVE YOU ARE ALWAYS IN THE FAMILY OF GOD NOW THAT' "GANGSTA"............................................................................................ 2012 NEW RELEASE : JESUS SAVE A GENERATION (X): WE MUST FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH IN THIS LAST DARK HOUR WE HAVE TO REACH THIS GENERATION FOR JESUS CHRIST BEFORE IT IS ENTERNALLY TO LATE!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2012 NEW RELEASE: JESUS AMAZING GRACE GOSPEL REGGAE: WE CAN GO THROUGH TOUGH TIMES IN OUR LIVES BUT; WE MUST ALWAYS REMEMBER HIS GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR US !! 2 CORINTHIANS 12:9 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ NEW RELEASE: PRAISE THE LORD WHERE YOU STAND WITH YOUR HANDS UP! WHEN JESUS RETURNS WITH HIS HEAVENLY HOST JUST STAND STILL AND WORSHIP HIM RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE JUST LIFT YOUR HANDS FOR YOUR KING HAS RETURNED, TO SAVE YOU FROM THE OPPRESSION OF THE ENEMY; IF YOU DID NOT MAKE THE RAPTURE OR HIS FIRST COMMING YOU WILL BE GLAD TO SEE THE LORD, HE WILL STOP THE ENEMY BEFORE HE DESTROYS GODS PEOPLE WHO ARE LEFT ON THE EARTH!!!! HOPE YOU ENJOY THIS NEW RELEASE!!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ NEW RELEASE: SPIRITUAL HULLKK!!! HOPE YOU ENJOY THIS NEW RELEASE, WE ALL NEED SPIRITUAL SUPER HERO'S LIKE OUR LORD AND SAVIOR HE IS THE REAL SUPER HERO IF WE PUT OUR FAITH AND TRUST IN GOD NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!!!!!! SPIRITUAL-HULLKK.......... SUPPERNATURAL............ POWER................................ INVOKED BY....................... RIGHTEOUS....................... I NDIGNATION................... TOWARD.............................. UN-HOLY............................. ANTI-GOD............................ LIVING................................... HOLY MAN OF GOD............ UNCOMPROMISED............ LOYALTY TO THE................ LORD OF LORDS &............ KING OF................................ KINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ NEW RELEASE: I HAVE A DREAM ONE NATION UNDER GOD!!! GATTTES: THIS IS THE SONG THAT LEADS UP TO WHERE MY SOLDIERS@ AMERICA HAS BEEN BLESSED BY GOD AND WE ARE LOSING ARE WAY OF FREEDOM DAY BY DAY, WE NEED TO PUT GOD FIRST!! THEY THAT HAVE AN EAR LET THEM HERE THUS SAITH THE LORD; IF MY PEOPLE WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME WOULD HUMBLE THEM SELVES AND PRAY AND SEEK MY FACE AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS, THEN I WILL HEAR FROM HEAVEN AND I WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN AND HEAL THEIR LAND. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ NEW RELEASE: WHERE MY SOLDIERS@ GATTTES: WE ARE LIVING IN THE LAST DAYS, THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES ARE ALL AROUND US; KNOW MORE THAN EVER GOD IS CALLING A GENERATION OF SPIRITUAL WARRIORS TO BATTLE FOR THE SOULS AND MINDS OF MEN & WOMEN AND CHILDREN OF THIS LAST GENERATION, THIS WAR IS NOT WON BY US BUT THROUGH GOD HIM SELF " NOR BY MIGHT NOR BY POWER, BUT BY MY SPIRIT SAITH THE LORD.......THE WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE ARE NOT CARNAL BUT MIGHTY THROUGH GOD........PRAY WITHOUT CEASING IN EVERYTHING GIVE THANKS FOR THIS IS THE WILL OF GOD......THE ANGLE OF THE LORD ENCAMPETH ROUND ABOUT THEM THAT FEAR HIM......NO WEAPON THAT IS FORMED AGAINST THEE SHALL PROSPER.......IN THE LAST DAYS , GOD SAYS I WILL POUR MY SPIRIT UPON ALL FLESH...... THE HARVEST IS RIPE BUT FEW ARE THE LABORERS'..... IN THE LAST DAYS GOD IS CALLING SPIRITAL WARRIORS!!! THE QUESTION IS: WHERE ARE MY SOLDIERS @ GOD NEEDS YOU TO ANSWER THE CALL: II TIMOTHY 2:3 " THOU THEREFORE ENDURE HARDNESS, AS A GOOD SOLDIER OF JESUS CHRIST " THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT WE HAVE ALL READY WON THE WAR BY FAITH..... WHO SHALL SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF CHRIST? SHALL TRIBULATION, OR DISTRESS, OR PERSECUTION , OR FAMINE, OR NAKEDNESS , OR PERIL, OR SWORD ? AS IT IS WRITTEN FOR THEY SAKE WE ARE KILLED ALL THE DAY LONG : WE ARE ACCOUNTED AS SHEEP FOR THE SLAUGHTER . NAY, IN ALL THESE THINGS WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS THROUGH HIM THAT LOVED US. ROMANS: 8:35-37 THEY THAT HAVE AN EAR LET THEM HERE THUS SAITH THE LORD; IF MY PEOPLE WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME WOULD HUMBLE THEM SELVES AND PRAY AND SEEK MY FACE AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS, THEN I WILL HEAR FROM HEAVEN AND I WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN AND HEAL THEIR LAND..... IF YOU ARE A SPIRITUAL SOLIDER REPENT AN PUT ON THE FULL ARMOR OF GOD AND GET IN THIS SPIRITUAL BATTLE WHERE YOU BELONG!!!!! I HOPE THIS NEW RELEASE MINISTERS TO YOU AND ENCOURAGES YOU TO ANWSER THE CALL OF JESUS CHRIST!!!!!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

GATTTES;

NEW RELEASE: GOD IS IN CONTROL

GATTTES: GOD IS GOOD AND HE IS GOOD ALL THE TIME, THINGS HAPPEN IN THIS LIFE THAT SEEM TO BE UNFAIR OR A SET BACK, BUT ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT WE WALK BY FAITH NOT BY SIGHT, GODS PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE IS PERFECT, SOMEONE IS GOING THROUGH THE STORM AND THE WAVES SEEM TO BE RISING HIGHER AND HIGHER; THE BIBLE SAY'S IN: ISAIAH 54:17 " NO WEAPON THAT IS FORMED AGAINST THEE SHALL PROSPER" THIS IS A PROMISE FROM THE ALMIGHTY GOD HIM SELF. THINGS WILL GET BETTER; TRYING TIMES SEEM UNBEARABLE, BUT GOD WILL NOT PUT MORE ON YOU THAN YOU CAN BEAR! (GOD IS IN CONTROL) ISAIAH 42:2-3 WHEN YOU PASS THROUGH THE WATERS, I WILL BE WITH YOU; AND THROUGH THE RIVERS, THEY SHALL NOT OVERFLOW YOU. WHEN YOU WALK THROUGH THE FIRE YOU SHALL NOT BE BURNED, NOR SHALL THE FLAME SCORCH YOU. (GOD IS IN CONTROL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) KEEP YOUR MIND ON GOD NOT YOUR PROBLEMS, DON'T PRETEND YOUR PROBLEM DON'T EXIST JUST DON'T LET THEM OCCUPY YOUR MIND, AND HOLD ON TO GODS UNFAILING PROMISES. ISAIAH 26:3 YOU WILL KEEP HIM IN PERFECT PEACE WHOSE MIND IS STAYED ON YOU, BECAUSE HE TRUST IN YOU. (GOD IS IN CONTROL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) GATTTES; I PRAY THAT GOD WOULD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND KEEP YOU THROUGH THE STORMS OF LIFE , AND PROTECT YOU FROM THE WAVES OF ADVERSITY. JUST REMEMBER: (GOD IS IN CONTROL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) I PRAY THAT THIS NEW RELEASE MINISTERS TO YOU, AND HELPS YOU REMEMBER THAT GOD IS TRULY IN CONTROL!!!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I WILL FEAR NO EVIL:

REV. 22:14  BLESSED ARE THEY THAT DO HIS COMMANDMENTS, THAT THEY MAY HAVE RIGHT TO THE TREE OF LIFE,  AND MAY ENTER THOUGH THE GATES INTO THE CITY.

1 PETER 5:8  BE SOBER, BE VIGILANT;  BECAUSE YOUR ADVERSARY THE DEVIL,  AS A ROARING LION,  WALKETH ABOUT, SEEKING WHOM HE MAY DEVOUR:

PSALM 23:4  YEA, THOUGH I WALK THROUGH THE VALLEY OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH,  I WILL FEAR NO EVIL:  FOR THOU ART WITH ME;  THY ROD AND THY STAFF THEY COMFORT ME.

IF YOU GOT THE KICKS BUMP DIS_ SONG!!!!!!

I am a Christian/ Gospel Artist!!! ..........I love all types of positive Music!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
I hope you enjoy the song I have Posted, there is more to come in the near future!!!!!!

I am a happily Married man, Michelle an I have Been Married for 15 YRS Dec. 19th. I thank God that he blessed me with my Wife for life!!
I have been singing since I was a teenager, I gave my life to Jesus Christ at the age of 16, I attended Faith Temple apostolic Min, Sanbernardino, CA. Where I was Born again fill with the Holy ghost Under Suff. Bishop Talbert.

I also attended Harvest Time Min. Victorville, CA. Under. Pastor Angelo E. Quinlin, this is where I met Michelle. I was singing in the Choir under the Min. Of  Music Ricky  B. Then our eyes locked it was Love at first site, the rest is history!!!

SPECIAL SHOUT OUTS GO OUT TO:
MY LORD AND SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST!!!!

LORD WITHOUT YOU I AM NOTHING!!!!!

THANK YOU JESUS FOR THE BLOOD!!!!

SPECIAL SHOUT OUTS GO OUT TO:

TO MY BEATIFUL WIFE!!!!!!!!
My Wife you are the best thing that ever happen to me, Thank you Lord for My Wife for Life Michelle, Thank you for all your love an support and putting up with your crazy Husband!!!!

TO MY MOM:
Mom Thank you for all your Love an Support, you are the best Mom in the World!

TO MY STEP-FATHER JIM :
You have always been a True Father to me Thank you for your love an Support!

TO MY BROTHER & SISTERS:
I want to say thank you to My Sister Jennifer & Miguel her husband! Thank you for all your love and support!!!!!!!..........
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Adelia Thank you for all your love & support thanks Boo, I love you don't give up on your dreams !
 I Pray that God will bless you and that he give you the desires of your heart!!!!

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THANK YOU TO MY BROTHER JOSH for all his Love an support over the years!!! amp

My NEPHEWS...Justin & Cj..AKA.....
SWIFT & HASTY, THANK YOU GUYS FOR HELPING ME FULLFILL MY DREAMS IN MUSIC, AND I CAN'T FORGET (AD!) THANK YOU FOR ALL THE YOUR SUPPORT!!

TO MY FATHER-IN-LAW DILBERT AKA (POPS) You have been a blessing in our lives
Thank you for all those Prayers an support!!!!!

THANK YOU TO MY BROTHER- IN-LAWS & MY SISTER- IN-LAWS:
Thank you for your ,Love and Support!!!!!!!

You guys are the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

SPECIAL THANKS!!
TO BISHOP & PASTORS: J. GRANT & DELORES TOLBERT ANGELO & SHIRLY QUINLAN AND CLEARANCE & ANNETT BRADLY:
I will not forget the impact your Ministry had on my wife and my self , you are All blessed and Highly favored by God Above!!!
Thank you for letting me an my wife be a part of your ministry!!

SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL MY FRIENDS AN FAMILY, I DON'T WANT TO FORGET ANYONE!!!

MUCH LOVE FROM ABOVE & GATTTES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1 PETER 5:8  BE SOBER, BE VIGILANT;  BECAUSE YOUR ADVERSARY THE DEVIL,  AS A ROARING LION,  WALKETH ABOUT, SEEKING WHOM HE MAY DEVOUR:

REPENT AND LEARN FROM YOUR SINS & THE SINS OF OTHERS LET GOD SPARE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY FROM THE THE PAIN AND SCARS AN DEATH THAT SIN CAN BRING!

GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!

The Rape of Tamar 2 Samuel 13

James T. Dennison, Jr.

A story of love and hate; lust and disgust; conceit and deceit; potence and impotence; parricide and fratricide.

A story of beauty and the beast; a story of fathers and sons; a story of reaping what you sow–of fathers eating sour grapes and the children's teeth being set on edge; a story of what goes around comes around.

This is a story of David. Though playing only a minor role–it is his story. Though passive and relatively uninvolved–it is the story of the king and his kingdom.

It is the story of Absalom, son of David. It is the story of Amnon, son of David. It is the story of Jonadab, nephew of David, cousin to the house of Jesse. 2 Samuel 13 is a story of the house of David! We are ushered into the family–into the innermost recesses of the palace. This is a story about a family: a family torn, a family shamed, a family debauched, a family divided. 2 Samuel 13 is a story about the family of the king.

The curtain is raised in verse 1. The main characters of our narrative are introduced. Here are the dramatis personae. Absalom–son of David–third born; offspring of Maachah–Maachah of Geshur–foreign Transjordanian princess. Absalom–handsome Absalom, beautiful Absalom–Absalom is of thoroughbred royal stock–father and mother both of regal blood. Tamar–Maachah's second child to David; beautiful Tamar–sister of beautiful Absalom–daughter of a princess and beautiful David. And Amnon–Amnon, son of David; Amnon–firstborn son of David; Amnon–son of David and Ahinoam, the Jezreelitess.

Now Amnon loved his half-sister. Loved her to the point of sickness over her–loved her virgin form–sickened himself with fantasies of love. Fantasies of fixation; fantasies of obsession; fantasies of frustration–for she was a member of the family–she was part of his house–part of the house of David. She was of his blood–of the king's blood–and he could hardly complete his fantasy. Family circles proscribe certain acts; a taboo barred Amnon from fulfilling his fantasy.

But the family had its own wiseman–a shrewd and clever fellow–cousin Jonadab. And Jonadab witnessed the lust-sickness of Amnon, the unfulfilled fantasy and inquired of its cause. "I am in love with my sister." And Jonadab–clever Jonadab– suggested a way for lust to have its end. Taboos are meaningless to those with status (he suggests)–those with privilege. What is royal blood if it does not buy certain liberties, certain license? Jonadab is truly a clever fellow. We will petition the head of the family (he suggests) and devise a scheme for Tamar to visit you in your sick room. We shall suggest an illness which needs the special attention of Tamar–a visit from your sister, your nurse. A few cakes from her hand, a few moments alone . . . your desires may be satisfied by careful arrangement. A child of the king should not fret from self-denial. What delights the royal eye should delight the royal flesh.

Now David unwittingly becomes the pawn in the game. He comes to the scene of the proleptical crime and sees no more than genuine illness and need. The ruse works perfectly and the scheme advances. The beauty is summoned to the house–to the chamber of the lecherous fantasizer. And Tamar takes the dough . . . . And she kneads the dough . . . . And she forms the cakes . . . . And she bakes the cakes . . . . And she takes the pan . . . . And she dishes out the cakes.

But there are too many eyes. Lust conceived secretly in the fantasies of the heart must be brought forth secretly. Leave–go away–close the door! But how to get her into the bedroom? Bring the food to my bedside, for I am ill dear sister. Come to me that I may eat from your hand. And Tamar comes–unsuspecting, innocent Tamar comes. No other eyes, no other taboos: all is as he had imagined it–so many times, he had imagined it. And now she comes, her beautiful virgin form approaches–the cakes in her hand. And his hand seizes her–come lie with me!

Tamar is shocked; she is alarmed; she protests; she pleads; she reasons; she resists. Amnon has said yes to his fantasy; Jonadab has said yes to Amnon's fantasy; David unwittingly has said yes to Amnon's fantasy. The servants have exited implicitly saying yes to Amnon's fantasy. Tamar says, "No!" But her pleas cannot overcome Amnon's strength. The strength of his fantasy is too powerful; the strength of his scheme is too powerful; the strength of his sin is too powerful-- he has her in his power and he rapes her. Brutally, callously, heartlessly rapes her. Fantasy has become reality.

But oh the bitter taste of that reality. "Amnon hated her with a great hatred so that the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he loved her." Go! Get up! Get out! Tamar, the shamed, beseeches–Do not put me out; you have dishonored me, do not disgrace me like a common street prostitute. But the power of his disgust is now revulsion. He is sick of her for whom he had been sick. The servants he had put out are brought in. Throw her out; throw this thing out! But is she not your sister, Amnon? Throw this thing out!!

And Tamar went out; went out in her princess robes–went out in her robe of many colors; her beautiful robe of many colors. Tamar departed in her colorful princess robe–a robe that marked her as a virgin–a virgin daughter of the king's house. And Tamar tore her robe; tore her beautiful robe–beautiful Tamar tore her beautiful robe and put ashes on her head. Tamar marked herself with the signs of disgrace and went away crying. Tamar went away crying for shame and injustice.

But Absalom, her brother, urged her to keep silent. So Tamar remained silent and desolate in her brother's house. Tamar withdraws to obscurity and silence.

When David heard it, he was angry. David was very angry . . . but David did nothing. Absalom was angry. Tamar's brother was angry and Absalom began to fantasize–a scheme, a plan. And David sent Amnon to take his place in Absalom's scheme. And Absalom avenged his sister's honor–leaving Amnon desolate and silent . . . in the grave!

The inspired writer has woven a narrative masterpiece into the story of David. Called by the critics the Succession Narrative, this episode in the life of Amnon is alleged (by these Liberals) to be the ground of his disqualification from the line of succession to the throne of Israel. Such an explanation is as obtuse literarily as it is stupid theologically. The Lord in his righteousness is sovereign requiter of justice: even his own he chastens; even those after his own heart receive payment in kind. If we have lost a sense of retributive chastisement, even for the gracious, it is because we have lost the insight of the inspired author of II Samuel.

Did David gaze upon the beauty of a woman forbidden him? So does Amnon!

Did David scheme to take her, to violate her sexually? So does Amnon!

Did David devise a scheme of deceit to trick innocent and unassuming Uriah, the Hittite? So does Amnon!

Did David murder the loyal Uriah? So does Absalom murder Amnon!

Did David have his henchman, Joab, do his dirty work? So Absalom has his servants do his!

The circle which David has drawn with Bathsheba has been drawn within his own house.

"Thus says the Lord . . . the sword will never depart from your house . . . . I will raise up evil against you from your own household. I will even take your wives before your eyes and give them to your companion . . . . You did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel" (2 Sam. 12:10-12).

The emphasis upon the family unit is unmistakable. Notice the narrator's reiteration of the familial bonds: v. 1–son, sister, son; v. 2–sister; v. 3–brother; v. 4–son, sister, brother; and on we go. In this narrative, brother is used 11 times and sister is used 8 times. The drama of the royal house is a drama of the kingdom. This kingdom is riddled with lust and murder; this kingdom is advanced by deceit and injustice. The David who could not control his own passions cannot control the passions of his sons. The David who would not deny himself discovers his sons will not deny themselves. The house of this kingdom is torn–even as Tamar's purity is torn from her. So the integrity and dignity of this kingdom is torn: raped, defiled, dishonored. What a tragic failure is this kingdom; what a dishonorable kingdom is this house.

The central motif of this narrative is the family–the household of the king. The central theme of this narrative is love/hate. The story is a profound depiction of the love-hate relationship without the inadequacy of psychological detail–without the insufficiency of moralizing reflection. Note how the writer alerts us to the central role of this love/hate theme. He unfolds his pattern chiastically–you can see it even in your English version.

Verse 1-- Amnon loved Tamar

15a-- Amnon hated her with a great hatred

15b-- than the love with which he loved her

Verse 22-- Absalom hated Amnon

The story begins with love and ends with hate. And the climax of the story is a criss-crossing of the themes in verse 15: hate crossed with love. It is a perfect thematic chiasm. And the hatred of Absalom in verse 22–the hatred of Absalom is ominous, portentous, proleptic. For we begin to perceive that Absalom's deliberate and careful plan to murder Amnon is indicative of his own deliberate and careful plan to unseat his father and seize the throne of the house of Judah. Hatred is like a fire whipped by a Santa Ana; it consumes all in its path. The silence of Absalom in verse 22 is malevolent.

But the silence of David–the silence of David in verse 21 is impotent. He is angry, we are told; but he does nothing. Where is the king who executes justice in his kingdom? Where is the anointed of the Lord who begins at his own house to make wrong right? He is passive–a passive by-stander–silently watching life go by–life which he is unwilling and unable to control. Here is the king who came to grieving Bathsheba to comfort her on the death of the child born of their adultery. Where is he now when the desolate Tamar needs a word of comfort–yea, more, needs an act of justice? He is withdrawn, silent, passive. And as he was the unwitting tool of Amnon, so he becomes the unwitting tool of Absalom. In verse 7, he unwittingly plays the role of Amnon's pimp! In verse 22, he unwittingly plays the role of Absalom's accomplice.

Tamar weeps in verse 19 for her shame and the injustice of her ravishment. David weeps in verse 36 for Absalom. For shame that the rank vengeance of the bloody son goes unrepaid! David shall weep for Absalom once more. But Joab will shame him with his own impotence. You love those who hate you; and hate those who love you (2 Sam. 19:6). The chiasm returns!!!

Notice also several other literary devices. The dramatic character of the plot is advanced and heightened by the pattern of request and response. Verses 1-10 contain several requests which are fulfilled in response. Until verse 12 when Tamar abruptly breaks the pattern. Her response to Amnon's request is an emphatic "No!"

The masterful technique of retarding the action in verses 7-11 serves to increase the suspense. The drawn-out description of Tamar's preparation of the cakes is slow, deliberate–we are tempted to say tedious. But delay may bring restraint; drawing it out may bring Amnon time to repent. But the abrupt proposition of verse 11 breaks the suspense.

The coaxing, then abrupt proposition of Amnon does not surprise us. But the abrupt dismissal of Tamar despite her coaxing does surprise us. She has been used and now is to be discarded: abruptly, forcefully, insensitively. Virginity lost, Tamar sits in humiliation. Beauty lost, Tamar sits in ashes. Future lost, Tamar sits in desolation.

The writer has masterfully drawn us squarely into the story by leading us through each scene–not in a leering and obscene manner, but in an openly frank and sensitive empathy for a tragic figure: Tamar the violated, manipulated, used and abused innocent sufferer. Tamar the beautiful becomes Tamar the desolate. Tamar the virgin becomes Tamar the defiled. Tamar the gentle and unassuming becomes Tamar the ruined and rejected. Degraded, dehumanized, depersonalized: Tamar remains despondent in her brother's house. She weeps alone–with the king, her father, powerless to right the wrong; unwilling to plead her case; unwilling to daub her tears; unable to bear her sobs on his shoulders.

 Who will restore Tamar? Who will bring her out of desolation into the family again? Who will draw her with the cords of love into the kingdom-family once more? Who will approach Tamar with words of comfort? Who will assure her that she may be loved? That she may be the object of compassion, not lust? Who will tell her that her dignity may be restored? Who will assure her that her integrity can never be violated? Who will let Tamar's hot tears fall upon him and say, " I do not condemn thee." Who will say to her, not "Go from me you thing!"; but "Come unto me." Come with your burdens you violated ones–come with your grief you desolate ones–come unto me and I will make you whole. I will heal your broken heart; I will bind up your wounded souls; I will take away your reproach; I will bring you into a family where you will never be violated, never be used, never be abused, never be an object–a thing–a pawn of debauchery. Come to my house–the house of the King of Kings. Come to my house–my kingdom and I will protect your dignity. I will guard your integrity. I will protect your purity.

Come to the house of my kingdom saith the Lord Jesus and I will plead your case–I will be your advocate. Do not weep! I will give you what the world can never give–I give you an undefiled heart in a house of love forever. Let me put my robe upon you. Let me put my long-sleeved robe upon you. Here, let me take away the garments of your shame. Let me cover your shame with my spotless robe. Let me hide your reproach beneath the robe I provide. Let me dress you in a robe that can

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