- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- 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 20
Israelites fight against the Benjaminites.
A story in chapter 20 is a continuation of the episode in chapter 19, extended crime from tribal level to national level, which is brought into war between Benjaminites and the rest of tribes of Israel.
The lewd and disgraceful act done by Benjaminites people caused wrath of whole Israelites. The Israelites demanded to surrender the wicked men of Gibeah who raped Levite’s concubine to death. But the Benjaminites refused to hand them over. Instead they announced to war against Israel.
Inquiring of God at Bethel indicates that Israelites invited God to intervene their war against Banjaminites. After two initial defeat, they defeat the Benjaminites by ambush.
Bethel, just a few miles northeast of Mizpah, was an important sacred place in the stories of Patriarchs.(Genesis 12:8) and later one of the two principal sanctuaries of the northern kingdom.
A crime committed by one man ended up eventually with national tragedy.
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?