TUESDAY 29 March, 2016
Abused and Rejected
So she said to him, “No, indeed! This evil of sending me away is worse than the other that you did to me.” But he would not listen to her. Then he called his servant who attended him, and said, “Here! Put this woman out, away from me, and bolt the door behind her.” - 2 Samuel 13:16-17
Can you hear in Tamar’s voice how frantic she had become? Amnon had satisfied his flesh and did not care about ruining her life. She was now defiled and knew that no one else would want to marry her. Tamar would spend the rest of her life in isolation, unmarried and without any children.
Do you see now how cruel and selfish Amnon’s professed love was? He showed no compassion and had Tamar locked outside to deal with her pain alone. At this point he has no idea what consequences were going to come because of his actions. He did not know that Absalom would hate him for what he had done to his sister. His half-brother would eventually plan to kill him and sooner or later Amnon was going to die.
In the ministry, we often hear of terrible accounts of sexual abuse from young girls who have come forward. They had kept quiet about their abusive situation for years. As these girls matured into adults they began to share their hearts with us and how they were molested. They are completely broken and feel guilty for what has happened to them even though it was not their fault. They are afraid when they have to talk about a relative or someone else that had hurt them.
We must be sensitive when ministering to these young women. They often feel rejected and abandoned by family. Sometimes they are in need of a place of refuge, an open door to a home where they can feel safe and protected. They need to be restored by God, fully and completely.
Rejected on earth, accepted in heaven
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