March 25

Today’s Reading: Judges 19-21

Today’s Reading concludes the book of Judges. Chapter 19 tells about a horrible crime committed by men of the tribe of Benjamin in the city of Gibeah. They abuse the concubine of a Levite who was staying in their town. In chapter 20 the nation comes together to avenge the deed done and the tribe of Benjamin is almost wiped out completely.

In yesterday’s reading we saw that there were pockets of idolatry being practiced in Israel. Today we see the men of Gibeah practicing homosexuality very similar to what we saw in Sodom (19:22).   Does it surprise you that at this time there are those in the nation practicing these sins?   What does 21:25, the last verse in the Bible, say again about their standard of morality?


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9 Responses to March 25

  1. Sandy Steinman

    There should be no surprise that these things are going on. We know that sin is progressive, The first time you sin it may be horrifying but each time you sin again it becomes less horrifying until you are immune to the horror. So given that scenario it should not surprised us that Israel has gone from idol worship to homosexuality. Actually sounds very similar to what is goin on in our world today.

    Verse 21:25 says it all when it said “everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” They firmly rejected the standard of God’s word and accepted the standard of what was right in their own eyes. And isn’t that the spirit of our times. Think of the advertising slogans. “Just do it!” “Break all the rules” “Find your own road.” Had there been Madison Avenue back

    • Mary K

      Sandy, can you please repost? The text following Madison Ave didn’t print and I’d like to see the end of your thought. Thanks.

    • Andrew

      Agreed. It is scary to think about what is in store for our society if we continue down this road of moral decay.

  2. Mary K

    Their standard of morality was everyone did what they saw fit. This account is a very graphic example of the deterioration that occurs when God’s instructions, which are for our own good, are replaced by what a man may feel is perfectly ok. As angry as the other Israelites were, it is surprising to me that they mourned the probable loss of one of the 12 tribes and took steps to preserve it. I will have to read further to see if the Benjamin tribe appreciated this forgiveness and learned from this redemption.

  3. In reviewing the story today, it appeared that women were second class citizens, and were not cherished by men. It was so easy for men to give them up to save their own skin rather than finding another alternative.

  4. Jimmy

    We should keep in mind that the way the women were treated, as well as so much of what we read in the Bible, does not have God’s approval. The fact that it is in the Bible doesn’t mean if was God’s will. Rather the Bible presents history as it happened including the worst of man. What the Bible does is show us a better way!

  5. Norma

    I know we can’t know the complete mind of God, but I was wondering if anyone out there had some thoughts on why God sent the Israelites out to battle against the tribe of Benjamin, but did not help them win the battle until the third day. Any ideas on this?

    • Mary K

      Norma, this is a complicated question for me. Early on God expected tribes to treat each other as brothers. They couldn’t enslave each other, they couldn’t charge each other interest on loans, and every 50 years property reverted to its original owner. I was surprised that God let Israel attack Benjamin in the first place, even though what they had done was truly repugnant. Perhaps there had to be a cost associated with attacking a tribesman. I’m hoping someone else will also post on this question because I’m sure their answer will be better than mine.

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