Way Out Thinking
Judges 19 In those days, when there was no king in Israel, a certain Levite was sojourning in the remote parts of the hill country of Ephraim, who took to himself a concubine from Bethlehem in Judah...
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. Once again we're shown 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 open 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, 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." Then, when he finds her dead in the morning, he's angry and demands justice from the tribes of Israel. Israel responds and the situation continues to go downhill from there.
What did Judges 19:1-20:36 show you about the dangers of getting out of alignment with God? Were there any other danger areas or dangerous ways of thinking or acting that you saw from this passage? Tami W.
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