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UNDERDOG REPORT: EPSTEIN’S SEXUAL ABUSE – FROM THE BIBLE (PART 3)

Epstein’s Sexual Abuse – From the Bible (Part 3)

King David and a Bathing Beauty

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Jeffry Epstein is a classic example of the rich and famous taking advantage of the young and defenseless. In Part 3 of Epstein’s Victims, from a biblical perspective, the rich and famous King David skirted the rule of law when he sleeps with another man’s wife.

In Part One, we discussed Jeffrey Epstein’s estimated thousands of sexual abuses, the effects these abuses, why so many of the abused have not come forward, and the benefits of reporting the abuse as soon as possible.

In Part Two, we discussed the Bible definition and handling of rape where females are provided the benefit of the doubt, and have a choice of what they want to do in a difficult situation.  It shows the understanding of God as He provided as much grace as possible to females.

We also learned if a married man is found sleeping with another man’s wife, (not raping her), that they both must be killed, since it was a consensual act. God designed the family as the foundation of society and adultery wrecks the family unit. To tear down the family, is to tear down social order. One of the Ten Commandments is to not commit adultery.  A strong society  is one that discourages any sexual act outside of marriage, but even great people had issues.

David and the Bathing Bathsheba

The traditional story is King David sees a woman bathing, asks his servants to bring her to him and she turns out to be Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah. David has sex with her, and Bathsheba gets pregnant.  David then has Uriah killed to hide the pregnancy and to have her as one of his wives.  WAIT, let’s break this down, Red Flag by Red Flag. This is not simple at all.

Red Flag One – David, like all Kings of his time in the Spring, was supposed to be off at war, but he wasn’t.[1] Gee, what would possibly make him stay at home. Maybe he knew a certain beautiful young lady was going to be bathing nude, close by, at a specified time?

Red Flag Two – It is specifically stated David made sure “the WHOLE Army” left, so he could be home alone, completely alone. What was he planning to do that required such secrecy?

Red Flag Three – Bathsheba’s Husband, Uriah was numbered with David’s Mighty Men (part of the King’s ultra-elite military troops) and lived close to King David. These Mighty Men surrounded and protected his house. David probably knew who lived immediately next to hm. This makes sense, that the best military men would guard the king. These men were known by King David and are named in the Bible.[2]   He could have also met their wives. Perhaps at a ceremony, banquet, or religious event. Bathsheba could have caught David’s eye and maybe there was some flirting between the two.

Red Flag Four- On the eighth days after a woman’s period ended, they were required to take a sacrifice to the door of the tabernacle. [3] This sounds like a public act to show others her period ended. Perhaps David made sure he was aware of this timing and sent the troops away. The bath would occur after sunset that day. For two reasons, David may have known when Bathsheba was going to bath herself. 1) He may have seen her bathing on other occasions and was aware of the timing, or 2) It is feasible that David could have become aware of the public sacrifice Bathsheba was required to perform. The mikveh, or ritual bath, was a cleansing ceremony, not required by the law, but part of Jewish tradition. It was derived from the need for women to purify themselves after menstruation and remained a regular part of Jewish practice for centuries.[4]

Red Flag Five – These baths could either be just outside of a person’s home or a communal bath people shared. Now, this particular bath occurred after sunset and could have been much later. It states that David “arose from off his bed.” I wonder what was keeping him awake or why he was compelled to go onto the roof of the home. What was he thinking?

Red Flag Six – The Jewish law stated if a married man is found with a married woman, and she does not cry out, it was deemed consensual (See Part 2). In this case, they both must be killed. Although the Bible does not say, there is no evidence that Bathsheba put up a struggle. We can see, however, no judgement against David, yet. This sure looks like the rich and famous taking advantage of their position.

Red Flag Seven –  It’s nighttime, David is on the roof of a house.  Let’s say on 2nd story, but the King’s home could have even been higher. A woman is bathing below. I don’t know how far away, but David notices “a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon.” How did he just happen to wake up at night, go on the roof in the dark and see a woman from that distance and know she was beautiful?  Maybe he knew who she was already and knew she was beautiful.

Uriah

Of course, these seven points are conjecture, but what happens next, is not.  After sleeping with David, Bathsheba became pregnant. Through a series of events, David orders Uriah to be killed in battle by making sure his troops abandon him on the front lines.

Now David is guilty of adultery and murder. Both of these sins are mentioned in the Ten Commandments. Then, when the baby boy is born, it dies.

What is amazing after all of this, not only did God allow David to live, but he is called “a man after God’s own heart.”[5] Although God allowed him to live, he still reaped the ill results of his sins. The sword never departed from him family, evil came against him from his own family, his wives were taken from him, given to his neighbor, and he sleeps with them in the open. God says this since David committed his sins in secret, this act would be done in public.[6] A harsh sentence, but still better than death.

We see two important points, 1) God forgives when we repent,  2) We still must live through the consequences of our sin. God provides for punishment for those who do evil, like Jeffrey Epstein, especially to children.[7] We must also understand God shows mercy to those who sin, confess, and repent. God weighs the seriousness, frequency, and attitude of the person sins against the punishment, so should we. We should not rush to judgement.

So, if you have sinned, confess your sin and don’t sin again. Don’t take advantage of others, especially in the sexual way. Don’t participate with those who celebrate their sins. Don’t even be associate with them, and remember, people are not guilty before being proven innocent, but they are innocent until proven guilty.

Have You Been Sexually Abused? There is freedom in letting others know of your abuse. It could be a “load off your shoulders,” but be sure to only let those you trust hear your story. RAINN hotline:  We also suggest the RAINN hotline (https://rainn.org 800-656-HOPE [4673]) to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.

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[1]2 Sam. 11: 1(NIV) In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army….But David remained in Jerusalem.

[2] https://www.gotquestions.org/mighty-men-David.html

[3] Leviticus 15:19-20 (KJV)  And if a woman have an issue, and her issue in her flesh be blood, she shall be put apart seven days…And on the eighth day she shall take unto her two turtles, or two young pigeons, and bring them unto the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

[4] https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/mikveh

[5] Acts 19:22 (KJV) “…he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.” See also 1 Samuel 13:14.

[6] 2 Samuel 14:7-14

[7]  Mark 9:42 ESV “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.

 

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