April 7 – Judges 19:22-30

April 7 – Judges 19:22-30

22 As they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, worthless fellows, surrounded the house, beating on the door. And they said to the old man, the master of the house, “Bring out the man who came into your house, that we may know him.” 23 And the man, the master of the house, went out to them and said to them, “No, my brothers, do not act so wickedly; since this man has come into my house, do not do this vile thing. 24 Behold, here are my virgin daughter and his concubine. Let me bring them out now. Violate them and do with them what seems good to you, but against this man do not do this outrageous thing.” 25 But the men would not listen to him. So the man seized his concubine and made her go out to them. And they knew her and abused her all night until the morning. And as the dawn began to break, they let her go. 26 And as morning appeared, the woman came and fell down at the door of the man's house where her master was, until it was light.

27 And her master rose up in the morning, and when he opened the doors of the house and went out to go on his way, behold, there was his concubine lying at the door of the house, with her hands on the threshold. 28 He said to her, “Get up, let us be going.” But there was no answer. Then he put her on the donkey, and the man rose up and went away to his home. 29 And when he entered his house, he took a knife, and taking hold of his concubine he divided her, limb by limb, into twelve pieces, and sent her throughout all the territory of Israel. 30 And all who saw it said, “Such a thing has never happened or been seen from the day that the people of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt until this day; consider it, take counsel, and speak.”


How dreadfully horrible the night in Gibeah proved to be.  When the old man refused to turn over the Levite to some “worthless fellows” who were seeking sexual acts, the Levite turned his concubine over to the men who had their way with her repeated and resulted in her death.  In the strangest turn of events, the Levite found her body, journeyed home and then cut her body into 12 pieces.  My mind says, “what in the world?”  Why is this story shared in the Bible?  How could the Levite sacrifice his concubine life for himself?  And, what was the significance of the Levite cutting the concubine’s body into 12 pieces and sending them throughout the nation?  Do you see similar cycles of violence in our society today?  Is the Spirit calling to you, your family or community to stand up for justice?


Heavenly Father,

when I read these verses I see such anger, hate, violence, greed, and all of these come from selfishness.  I can’t help but think how it must grieve You for our world to be filled with so much hate, the opposite of everything You are.  I can’t imagine what causes people to do such horrible things and we are always talking about how horrible the world is and how it gets worse every year, but then I read something like this and think about Sodom and Gomorrah, and realize men are just filled with evil and hate, if they aren’t filled with You and Your love.  I think the biggest problem is how many people now accept the level of hate that is rampant.  We are encouraged to accept sin as commonplace and okay.  We are supposed to accept sin as “normal”.  I love You Father, and I just pray that You protect me and my family from thinking this way and accepting such horrible things as normal.  I know we all sin, but I ask You to help us not accept sin, and to recognize sin for what it is.  Help me see when I am on the slippery slope and help me represent You well.

In Jesus’ name.



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