Read: Judges 19-21
Marked: Judges 20:3, (Now the children of Benjamin heard that the children of Israel had gone up to Mizpah.) Then the children of Israel said, “Tell [us,] how did this wicked deed happen?”
A terrible thing has happened in Israel and the people are rightly angry. But how culpable were they? Did they know about the immorality that was happening in Benjamin, but didn’t deal with it until now?
I see in these chapters man attempting moral justification without actually admitting to sin. There was sexual immorality permitted, rape, murder, inhospitality culminating in the butchering of an innocent woman.
Instead of acknowledging their own inaction Israel attempted to resolve these societal wrongs in carnal ways and in the process almost annihilating a tribe of the nation of Israel.
In Romans 1:28-32 we see men doing things which are not fitting. Terrible things that should rightly be stopped. But worse than those who do such things is the condemnation on those who approve of those who practice them.
3 thoughts on “Wicked Deeds…”
Some parts of the Bible are very hard to interpret. For example, this one. I dont understand why this man was not protecting his wife.? He was hiding in the house. That old man pushed his daughter out as well to protect this man. And then he cut his wife on 12 pieces to send it to each tribe. I dont exactly understand the point of this story.
Yes. Hard to understand. But I think that’s the point. It’s not that we say we are believers and followers of God and His Son, but how our lives bear out what we say. The Levite was a servant of God yet appears to only serve himself at the expense of another. The Benjamites had all but forgotten their place in God’s economy and did what they wanted and it looks like Israel let them.
It’s a fitting end to the Book of Judges where everyone did as was right in their own eyes (Judges 21:25).
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I think we expect the peoples of those days to act like modern Christians but it seems like they were actually very primitive and often barbaric. They weren’t far removed from the pagans. Sometimes they did horrible things. Especially to women. 😕
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