Sexual Abuse in the Bible
Sexual abuse has been a plague on society for thousands of years. Even the Old Testament of the Bible contains tragic stories of sexual abuse, rape, and incest. In 2 Samuel, scriptures tell us that Amnon, the son of David, contrived to get his half-sister, Tamar, alone and have sex with her.
Even in those ancient days, victims were told to keep the abuse a secret. Interestingly enough, Scripture continues to talk about the brothers, the father, and the consequences for them, but not much more is said of Tamar. Scripture simply tells us that she remained desolate in her brother’s house; she is locked in the silence, shame, violation, and trauma of the abuse she suffered at the hands of her half-brother.
Thousands of years later, untold millions of children and adolescents are victims of sexual abuse and carry the wounds of that abuse into their adulthood, living in the same desolate condition as Tamar. In sharp contrast to remaining desolate, is Christ’s promise of healing for those who are wounded. Isaiah 61:1,3 beautifully describes the promise of transformation and healing through our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. God is beckoning us to accept his offer for healing, and to walk with one another along that healing journey…out of the darkness and silence, into his light with voices raised in hope and joy.