Have you ever been hurt by someone close to you? Did you assume you could trust them because they were family or a friend and then discover otherwise? Why does God allow innocent victims to be taken advantage of by people they trusted?

In today’s episode of All God’s Women we look at Tamar, daughter of a king, yet an innocent victim of a horrific crime.

We meet Tamar in 2 Samuel 13. We’re told that Absalom the son of David had a beautiful sister named Tamar, and Amnon, another son of David, loved her.

I tried to avoid including Tamar. I was just going to skip over her and hope no one noticed. But God didn’t let me off so easily. When I went to share about the woman of Tekoa, I realized that her story didn’t make as much sense without first covering Tamar. 

But hers is not an easy story to tell. It’s not pretty. It’s definitely not a feel-good. But God included it in the Bible, and so there is a lesson for us to learn here. 

Tamar - An Innocent Victim

Bible Study

Scripture Background

2 Samuel 13

Bible Study Review

  1. What does the Bible tell us about Tamar?
  2. How did Amnon get Tamar alone?
  3. How did David handle the situation?

Thoughts to Ponder

  1. Could Tamar have done anything to prevent what happened?
  2. Why did Amnon’s feelings change for Tamar?
  3. Why might David have been hesitant to take action?

Personal Reflection

  1. How do you handle when someone your trust betrays you?
  2. Is it possible to be too trusting?
  3. Do you blame yourself for others’ sins?

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About the Author Sharon Wilharm

Christian women’s speaker, Sharon Wilharm, is a ministry leader, podcast host, and female filmmaker whose stories have impacted audiences around the globe. An accomplished storyteller, Sharon draws the audience in with humor, engages them with stories, then ties everything together to bring to light spiritual truths. Her heart’s desire is to encourage women in their walk with the Lord, showing them how to find God’s will for their life through prayer and scripture. “God is the Master Storyteller,” says Sharon. “I love helping women see how God is always at work behind the scenes laying the foundation for the glorious future He has in store for us.” Sharon is a firm believer in the power of prayer and has many stories to share of God working in miraculous ways in her own life as well as those around her. She’s passionate about teaching women how to pray and loves engaging with women in personal prayer. Wherever she goes, she finds herself surrounded by women in need of prayer, and she considers it an honor to pray with women whether they’re friends, family, or complete strangers. Sharon has enjoyed a lifelong fascination with women of the Bible and loves applying the biblical stories to modern situations. She teaches a Women Through the Bible study at her church, applying the S.O.A.P. method of scripture study. She especially enjoys delving into lesser known women and discovering encouraging truths for women of today. She recently launched a new podcast where she works her way through the Bible sharing the stories of All God’s Women.

2 comments

  1. This is always hard to read. I think it shows how our sinful thoughts and the company of bad friends can have painful consequences for others.

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