My dear fellow Proverbs 31 women in progress,
Many of us pursue beauty in all its forms. As such, who can blame us?
As women of taste, we just reproduce what God instilled in us. After all, the Lord Himself took great pleasure at the beauty of His creation:
Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.
Therefore, we can notice that the Lord rejoices in beauty because it is the result of order, symmetry, and harmony.
And also, beauty is what attracts men to us! It’s not surprising that we pursue beauty at all costs, because we see it as a blessing.
But for some women, beauty can be a curse. Many Biblical women must have regretted to be beautiful sometimes, when they saw what happened to them.
Let’s study some case studies…
Case study #1: Sarah
Our mother Sarah, Abraham’s wife, was one of the most beautiful women described in the Bible.
She managed to maintain her beauty until her old age, due to her faith in the Lord, which made her more radiant than the young women out there.
Can you imagine that she was coveted by Pharaoh at 65, and by Abimelec, King of Philistines, at 90? She wasn’t in her prime anymore and didn’t have plastic surgery operations either!
Because of her beauty, Abraham was afraid to be killed and asked to tell everyone that she was his sister (which was true also, as she was his half-sister).
The result? She was systematically kidnapped by powerful men and put into their harems. Fortunately, the Lord took care of her and punished those who took her away.
Case study #2: Dinah and Tamar
Both Dinah and Tamar were cursed by their beauty by being raped.
Dinah was Jacob’s only daughter. Though we don’t have details from Dinah’s beauty in the Bible, we can assume that she was beautiful.
She was kidnapped by the prince of the land while she wanted to see the girls of the country to know them. She ended up in the prince’s bedroom being raped.
The prince fell in love with her and wanted to marry her. But her brothers were against it and two of them, namely Simeon and Levi, killed all the men after asking them to be circumcised.
Dinah’s life is not recorded after this incident, though it is precised in the Book of Jubilees (a Biblical book only present in the Ethiopian Canon) that she died shortly after Joseph was sold in Egypt.
As for Tamar, her beauty caused her to be raped by her half-brother Amnon, with her father failing to defend her honour. Her full-brother Absalom vindicated her by killing Amnon two years later.
Case study #3: Bathsheba
Bathsheba was an extremely beautiful woman who was married to one of King David’s officers.
However, once he saw her, he wanted to possess her. He slept with her but she became pregnant.
To deal with this, King David had her husband killed and married her. But the Lord punished them both with the death of their newborn child.
All these cases showed that beauty can be a curse for these women. Instead of happiness, their beauty brought sufferings and dangerous situations to them.
That’s why the Bible is there for our instruction. Though beauty is desirable, it can also be a source of endless problems.
Well, that’s it for today! What do you think of these stories?
Do you view beauty as a blessing or a curse? Share your point of view in the comments below!
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