A Jewish man stepped in and watched a part of Eichmann’s trial and burst into tears. Someone next to him said, “Your anger must be unbearable.” He said “No, it isn’t anger. The longer I sit here, the more I realize I have a heart like his.” (Charles Colson, 19 … More
While the people were enjoying themselves inside, the wicked men of Gibeah surrounded the house and demanded the old man send out the Levite to satisfy their homosexual desires (v. 22). It is unthinkable but the old man was willing to sacrifice his daughter and the Levite’s concubine by offering them to the men rather than allowing harm to come to the Levite (vv. 23-24). His suggestion however fell on deaf ears, so the Levite with a callous disregard for the one he professed to love and with a greater concern for his own skin forced his concubine to go out to the men (v. 25). They took her and sexually abused her throughout the night. At daybreak she was released and came back to the house where she fell on the doorstep and died (v. 26).
The next morning when the Levite stepped out of the door to continue on his way (apparently not to look for his concubine) he discovered her laying on the step (v. 27). He does not appear to be upset until he realized that she was dead. Then he puts her on his donkey and sets out for home (v. 28). The next thing the Levite does is an unbelievable act of cruelty by cutting up his concubine into 12 parts and sends a part to each tribe of Israel (vv. 29-30). As we can see it was not only the action of the men of Gibeah which revealed the low moral standards of the day but the action of the Levite who was a so-called religious man. This whole shocking incident made a lasting impression on Israel and was referred to by the prophet Hosea as one of the greatest examples of depravity (Hosea. 9:9;10:9).
As a Christian in this modern world I must never take lightly the evil results of sexual perversion and homosexuality. These terrible acts of violence and sadism go hand in hand with these same forms of immorality in our day. I must review with my family how that if we ignore God, shun his will and reject His Son we are headed for eventual personal chaos, and spiritual disaster.
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." 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. 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." 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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."
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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