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When religious restraints are removed we find the moral conditions of a country going down. This fact just shows the basic wickedness of man when he is apart from God. Here we find a religious leader of Israel whose life should have been a shining example of purity taking to himself a concubine (v. 1). In ancient Israel, a concubine was a wife of low estate and a practice that was never divinely approved. He allowed his lust to exceed his loyalty to God! Soon his concubine became angry with him and she ran home to her father who lived in Bethlehem of Judah (v. 2). Four months later wanting to persuade her to return he traveled to Judah where he stayed with her father several days feasting and drinking (v. 3).
He was gladly welcomed by her father who apparently was seeking to establish good treatment of his daughter in the future (v. 4). A three day visit would have been normal but when the Levite attempted to return home on the fourth day the father insisted that he stay an extra two days (vv. 5-9 In fact he wanted him to stay another night but in the middle of the afternoon of the fifth day the Levite decided he could stay no longer. He took his servant, his two donkeys and his concubine and traveled north to Jerusalem (v. 10).
What religious restraints can I think of that have been removed from our society today and what are some of the results? For example Bible reading and prayer in the public schools. Discuss this with my family the seriousness of removing Godly principles from our lives.
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Judges 16:1-3Three Lovers Among Avowed Enemies
Judges 16:4-22Delilah Leads Samson to his Doom
Judges 16:23-31The Death of Samson
Judges 17:1-6Micah Makes a Pagan Shrine
Judges 17:7-13Guided by convenience rather than conviction
Judges 18:1-11The Danites Search for New Territory
Judges 18:12-31The Danites Seize Laish
Judges 19:1-10The Desertion of the Levite Concubine
Judges 19:11-21Full Hospitality for Weary Travelers
Judges 19:22-30The Results of Sexual Perversion
Judges 20:1-11Judgment Must be Rendered
Judges 20:12-23God’s Law Commanded Death
Judges 20:24-35The Horrors of a Civil War
Judges 20:36-48Tricked into Surrender
Judges 21:1-12The Remorse of the Israelites
Judges 21:13-25The Ruthless Mind of Man