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  • When There Is No King in Israel

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  • 2021-12-07   [사사기(Judges) 19:1 - 19:10]


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  • 1 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.
    2 And his concubine was unfaithful to him, and she went away from him to her father's house at Bethlehem in Judah, and was there some four months.
    3 Then her husband arose and went after her, to speak kindly to her and bring her back. He had with him his servant and a couple of donkeys. And she brought him into her father's house. And when the girl's father saw him, he came with joy to meet him.
    4 And his father-in-law, the girl's father, made him stay, and he remained with him three days. So they ate and drank and spent the night there.
    5 And on the fourth day they arose early in the morning, and he prepared to go, but the girl's father said to his son-in-law, "Strengthen your heart with a morsel of bread, and after that you may go."
    6 So the two of them sat and ate and drank together. And the girl's father said to the man, "Be pleased to spend the night, and let your heart be merry."
    7 And when the man rose up to go, his father-in-law pressed him, till he spent the night there again.
    8 And on the fifth day he arose early in the morning to depart. And the girl's father said, "Strengthen your heart and wait until the day declines." So they ate, both of them.
    9 And when the man and his concubine and his servant rose up to depart, his father-in-law, the girl's father, said to him, "Behold, now the day has waned toward evening. Please, spend the night. Behold, the day draws to its close. Lodge here and let your heart be merry, and tomorrow you shall arise early in the morning for your journey, and go home."
    10 But the man would not spend the night. He rose up and departed and arrived opposite Jebus (that is, Jerusalem). He had with him a couple of saddled donkeys, and his concubine was with him.

    2021-12-07   Another Levite lived in the hill country of Ephraim with his concubine. One day, she left her husband and went back to her hometown in Bethlehem. After four months, the Levite came to her father-in-law's house to pick
    her up,

    and after five days, they went back to Ephraim.

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이해하기(Understanding)
Chapters 19-21 provide an overview of the ethically corrupted state of the
Israelites. This story is also set in the hill country of Ephraim, and has a Levite
as the main character. In addition to his wife, the Levite lived with a second
wife, a concubine. But this concubine left him and went back to her own
hometown, Bethlehem. After four months, the Levite and his servant set out
with two donkeys to bring her back.

The father-in-law treated his son-in-law with utmost respect when he arrived.
He welcomed him to prolong his stay, so he ended up staying four nights
and five days. It's unclear whether the father-in-law did this so that his son-
in-law's relationship with his daughter would improve or if there was another
motive. The concubine was not a part of the conversation the two men had.
Thus, it was not until the fifth day that the Levite left Bethlehem with her
concubine and headed home. They arrived at Jebus, which was about ten
kilometers from Bethlehem, and it was getting too dark for travel because
they left too late in the day (vv. 1-10).



적용하기(Applying)
Who is God?

God was king even when there was no king in Israel. But the people of Israel
denied they had a king (v. 1). Since they had no king, every man did as he
pleased (Judges 21:25). In reality, it was not that the Israelites did not have a
king, but that they did not acknowledge God as king. How about me? Am I
living with God as the King (master) of my life?

What is the lesson for me (us)?

During these times, a concubine was considered to be of a lower status
because she was considered a second wife. This is why Abimelek, the son of
Gideon and his concubine, was looked down upon by his brothers (Judges
8:31, 35). Israel treated people of low status with contempt, and later
committed terrible acts against such people. What are the words and actions
I usually use when it comes to someone of a lower status? Let's take some
time to check our hearts and minds.


기도하기(Praying)
Dear God, please give me the wisdom and strength to discern what it means to have You as king of my life so that I will not imitate the world.