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  • Faith Lulled to Sleep by Darkness

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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.
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Thinking & Understanding
A Levite, who should have been teaching God’s law to the people and living a holy life, was influenced by the polygamy of Gentiles and took for himself a concubine. When this concubine committed adultery and ran away, the Levite, unable to forget her, went to her father’s house. The Levite was received hospitably by the concubine’s father. Unable to resist the pressure of his father-in-law, the Levite dwelled for four days before finally departing on the fifth day. The spiritual leader had lost his ability even to repent (vv. 1-10).


What lesson is God teaching me?
V. 1 The story of the Levite and the concubine is a metaphorical illustration of the Israelites who had lost their faith and morality. Let’s reflect on whether the corruption of our society might be rooted in the corruption of the church just as the fall of the priests led to the fall of the nation in the time of the book of Judges.

Vv. 4-9 During the four days they spent together, the Levite and his father-in-law drank, ate and were joyful. They did not stop to think sincerely about the daughter’s wrongdoings or whether they themselves had done something wrong. Let’s be careful not to fall for the seduction of entertainment that makes us forget our responsibilities and the paths that we should rightfully take.


Prayer
Lord, help me not to follow the customs of the world but to live daily in pursuit of holiness.