Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 13
“But Amnon had a friend, whose name was Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David’s brother: and Jonadab was a very subtil man,” 2 Samuel13:3.
Father God, I pray that you wash us, soak us in the blood of the Lamb. Cleanse us from all unrighteousness and deliver us from our strong enemies and wrong influences. Holy Father, I pray in the name of Jesus against the spirit of Jonadab, which is the spirit of wrong advice, for every man, every woman, and every child today. Lord, I pray that you will place people in our lives who will give us wise counsel.
In 2 Samuel 13, we learn that Absalom the son of David had a fair sister whose name was Tamar; and Amnon, the son of David, loved her. Amnon was so vexed that he fell sick for his sister Tamar. She was a virgin and Amnon knew he couldn’t touch her. But Amnon had a friend, Jonadab, the son of Shimeah, David’s brother, and Jonadab was a very subtle man. Jonadab asked Amnon why he was so distressed and Amnon confided that he was lovesick for Tamar. Jonadab schemed, “Lay thee down on thy bed, and make thyself sick: and when thy father cometh to see thee, say unto him, I pray thee, let my sister Tamar come, and give me meat, and dress the meat in my sight, that I may see it, and eat it at her hand,” 2 Samuel 13:5.
Amnon did as Jonadab suggested, but when Tamar set the food in front of him, he refused to eat. After asking all the men to leave the house, he asked Tamar to bring the meat into the chamber so that he could eat it from her hand. There he took hold of her, “Come lie with me my sister. And she answered him Nay, my brother, do not force me; for no such thing ought to be done in Israel: do not thou this folly. And I, wither shall I cause my shame to go? and as for thee, thou shalt be as one of the fools in Israel. Now therefore, I pray thee, speak unto the king; for he will not withhold me from thee.
Howbeit, he would not hearken unto her voice: but being stronger than she, forced her, and lay with her. Then Amnon hated her exceedingly; so that the hatred wherewith he hated her was greater than the love wherewith he had loved her. And Amnon said unto her, Arise, be gone,” 2 Samuel 13:11–15.
Jonadab, the evil friend, convinced Amnon to defile his sister. Although Amnon had his share of problems with lust and inordinate affection, he also listened to advice from a crafty evil friend. Absalom eventually killed Amnon, but Jonadab continued to lurk about. Jonadab gave the advice that caused Amnon to sin and then showed up in the palace, giving the appearance of comforting King David. And Jonadab told the king the king’s sons were coming and sure enough it came to pass. The king’s sons came and lifted up their voice and wept: and the king also and all his servants wept. “And Jonadab, the son of Shimeah David’s brother, answered and said, Let not my lord suppose that they have slain all the young men the king’s sons; for Amnon only is dead: for by the appointment of Absalom this hath been determined from the day he forced his sister Tamar,” 2 Samuel 13:32.
How did he know so much? He knew because he was the devil’s engineering agent. Jonadab was observing Amnon and knew that he was in a low place, so he gave him wrong advice causing Amnon to sin. Of course, he knew that there would be a reaction from Absalom. So after Absalom had killed Amnon, Jonadab was the first person in the palace to tell David that Absalom did not kill all his sons, just Amnon.
Are there evil friends around you? So-called friends the devil is using to give you evil counsel and now they watch it unfold, and as Shakespeare said, “evil thou art afoot, take withersoever course thou wilt?” Those who have released evil have detailed information about that evil and give it to other demons.
Jonadab was by Amnon and advised Amnon to force his sister; then he was by David to encourage David. The evil one who originated the evil was in David’s house and in David’s palace! Why did Jonadab show up at the beginning and at the end?
Because as the devil’s agent, he wanted to see the drama unfold that he had set in motion. I pray that the Jonadab the enemy has planted, whether in your family, office, or ministry, be separated from you in Jesus’ name.
I pray that the evil one the devil has planted in your family be uprooted, that the evil friend that has been programmed into your life and that you have trusted be destroyed by the power of the Holy Spirit. Father, deliver us from close friends who are indeed our enemies. Father, in your love and mercy, I pray that the Jonadabs in our lives be exposed and eliminated in Jesus’ name.
The Bible is a gift that was given for our salvation, for our inspiration, and for our instruction so that we will be wise. Only the Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit can expose a Jonadab. You cannot have that power, except you become born again. If you have never given your life to Jesus, pray with me, “Lord Jesus, I accept you as my personal Lord and Saviour. Pour your Holy Spirit into my life, so that I will recognize wrong counsel and be delivered from the destruction that it brings. Amen.”