War Against Rape – CAC Living Water Daily Devotional
CAC LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Saturday, February 6, 2021
TOPIC: WAR AGAINST RAPE
Read Deuteronomy 22:13-29
13 “If any man takes a wife, and goes in to her, and detests her,
14 and charges her with shameful conduct, and brings a bad name on her, and says, ‘I took this woman, and when I came to her I found she was not a virgin,’
15 then the father and mother of the young woman shall take and bring out the evidence of the young woman’s virginity to the elders of the city at the gate.
16 And the young woman’s father shall say to the elders, ‘I gave my daughter to this man as wife, and he detests her.
17 Now he has charged her with shameful conduct, saying, “I found your daughter was not a virgin,” and yet these are the evidences of my daughter’s virginity.’ And they shall spread the cloth before the elders of the city.
18 Then the elders of that city shall take that man and punish him;
19 and they shall fine him one hundred shekels of silver and give them to the father of the young woman, because he has brought a bad name on a virgin of Israel. And she shall be his wife; he cannot divorce her all his days. 20 “But if the thing is true, and evidences of virginity are not found for the young woman,
21 then they shall bring out the young woman to the door of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her to death with stones, because she has done a disgraceful thing in Israel, to play the harlot in her father’s house. So you shall put away the evil from among you.
22 “If a man is found lying with a woman married to a husband, then both of them shall die—the man that lay with the woman, and the woman; so you shall put away the evil from Israel.
23 “If a young woman who is a virgin is betrothed to a husband, and a man finds her in the city and lies with her,
24 then you shall bring them both out to the gate of that city, and you shall stone them to death with stones, the young woman because she did not cry out in the city, and the man because he humbled his neighbor’s wife; so you shall put away the evil from among you. 25 “But if a man finds a betrothed young woman in the countryside, and the man forces her and lies with her, then only the man who lay with her shall die.
26 But you shall do nothing to the young woman; there is in the young woman no sin deserving of death, for just as when a man rises against his neighbor and kills him, even so is this matter.
27 For he found her in the countryside, and the betrothed young woman cried out, but there was no one to save her.
28 “If a man finds a young woman who is a virgin, who is not betrothed, and he seizes her and lies with her, and they are found out,
29 then the man who lay with her shall give to the young woman’s father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife because he has humbled her; he shall not be permitted to divorce her all his days.
But if a man finds betrothed young woman in the countryside, and the man forces her and lies with her, then only the man who lay with her shall die (Deuteronomy 22:25).
Despite government’s, corporate bodies and non-governmental organisations incessant efforts against rape, the menace seems alarmingly escalating! The worst is that rapists now target minors! Incestuous rape is also on the increase, where a father rapes his own daughter, or brother rapes his own sister! Everyday, rape-related cases are reported in the tabloids! Honestly, as today is the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, not only should the world fight vehemently against female genital mutilation, everything should be done to silent rape and rapists. Even God’s Word frowns totally at it.
It is not only a constitutional violation but also scripturally criminal to have carnal knowledge of the opposite sex without his or her consent. Recently, some states in Nigeria prescribed castration, public media disgrace, and even death penalty for rapists. With this, one expects that rape would reduce if not totally eradicated. The reverse is the case!
What today’s devotional piece is saying to its users is that we have to be proactive, rather than being reactive to rape. There were some rape cases that could have been averted, if the victims had been proactive. Indecent dressing is undoubtedly an open and cheap invitation to rapists. Parents’ carelessness in exposing their children indiscriminately to the opposite sex can also be responsible (Prov. 22:6). While some cases at times may defer any form of proactiveness, the fact still remains that so many others are avoidable.
Rape victims, no doubt, suffer psychological trauma. We can help them by our undiluted love and affection. Sufficient sex education must be instilled in our children as early as possible. Stop leaving and exposing your children to the opposite sex, indiscriminately. As for the rapists, though God’s mercy is still available should they repent, yet, no sinner will go unpunished (cf. Prov. 16:5)!
- Lord, deliver us from the ravaging scourge of rape.
- God, help the parents and the leaders of the Church to do all you have asked them to do over their children.
- All unrepentant rapists would not go unpunished in Jesus’ name.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY:
Exodus 28:11 – 29:31; Matthew 23:19 – 24:1.