Tuesday, July 9
Today's reading: Judges 19:1-20:48
The further we get into Judges, the worse things seem to get. Today's reading about the Levite and his concubine is disturbing, to say the least. This passage is difficult and sobering, and it's one I always struggle with. Once again, we're given a picture of how our thinking gets completely messed up when we're not in a proper relationship with the Lord. We see that with the Levite, with the man that opens his home and with the men from Gibeah.
My focus went to the Levite in this passage. His attitude and actions were so off course, so off center and so skewed. This man is an active participant in his concubine's death. He knew what the men were going to do, but he still "seized his concubine and made her go out to them" (Judges 19:25). Then when he finds her dead in the morning after sleeping through the night (seriously?!), he's angry and demands justice from the tribes of Israel. Israel responds, and the situation continues to go downhill from there.
What does Judges 19:1-20:48 reveal about the dangers of getting and being out of alignment with God? What are some of the things you do that help strengthen and keep you in a right relationship with God? Tami
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