Judges 19

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read Judge 19

Overview

A Levite and his concubine.      

Another episode begins with “In those days Israel had no king,” (v.1), from family sin tribal sin.

A Levite took his concubine back from Bethlehem. When they stayed near Jebus, the wicked men of the city demanded the house owner to bring out the Levite. “So we can have sex with him.” (v.22) has been interpreted “have intercourse,” “know him carnally,” which was a disgraceful act.

Abusive act was done also by house owner. He brought out his own virgin daughter and gave Levite’s concubine to the wicked men, and they raped her to death.

The examples of men offering a woman in the place of male visitors suggested that sexual assault against a woman was a lesser offense than sexual assault against another man. At Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot offered his daughter to protect his visitor (Genesis 19:8).

This crime resulted in tribal revenge. The Levite committed a further act of crime against his concubine’s body, and he summoned the other tribes to avenge the crime.

In those days, there was no king in Israel, everyone did as he saw fit.

1. What does this passage tell you about God?

2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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