Prayer-Lord, Open our hearts and open our minds and help us to learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
15 And it fell out, as they watched a fit time, she went in as before with two maids only, and she was desirous to wash herself in the garden: for it was hot.
16 And there was no body there save the two elders, that had hid themselves, and watched her.
17 Then she said to her maids, Bring me oil and washing balls, and shut the garden doors, that I may wash me.
18 And they did as she bade them, and shut the garden doors, and went out themselves at privy doors to fetch the things that she had commanded them: but they saw not the elders, because they were hid.
19 Now when the maids were gone forth, the two elders rose up, and ran unto her, saying,
20 Behold, the garden doors are shut, that no man can see us, and we are in love with thee; therefore consent unto us, and lie with us.
21 If thou wilt not, we will bear witness against thee, that a young man was with thee: and therefore thou didst send away thy maids from thee.
22 Then Susanna sighed, and said, I am straitened on every side: for if I do this thing, it is death unto me: and if I do it not I cannot escape your hands.
23 It is better for me to fall into your hands, and not do it, than to sin in the sight of the Lord.
24 With that Susanna cried with a loud voice: and the two elders cried out against her.
25 Then ran the one, and opened the garden door.
26 So when the servants of the house heard the cry in the garden, they rushed in at the privy door, to see what was done unto her.
27 But when the elders had declared their matter, the servants were greatly ashamed: for there was never such a report made of Susanna.
The plot begins to thicken. First, the two bad elders, (double meaning,) decide they need to spy on poor Susanna. They become peeping Tom’s. After the people left, the beautiful Susanna decides she needs to bathe, and does so in the garden. She sends away her servants, (modesty is a virtue,) and believes she is alone in her garden. Of course the elders are hiding in the bushes and are checking her out.
They decide to take in a step further, (they are dirty old elders,) and come out to confront Susanna. They make her an offer she can’t refuse. If she will let them have sex with her, they won’t tell the people she has had an affair. Stay with me, she was not having an affair, but if she did, (with two old leches,) the elders would not tell on her. Twisted, but the elders knew the people would believe them. Why would they lie?
Susanna was caught between a rock and a hard place. She was virtuous and put her faith in God, and refused their lame come on. She cried out, the elders cried out, and the servants rushed in. Who will the people believe? Tune in tomorrow- same time, same space.
Payer- Lord, protect us from evil. Help us remember that You are the truth, and the truth is what makes us free. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.