Judges Chapter 19
Verses 1-10, A concubine was a legally recognized, but secondary wife. Often her children were given shelter and care but not included in the inheritance. Though secondary in importance a concubine was still an official wife and not thought of as a harlot or adulterous woman.
Verses 11-22, Here we have the start of a horrific scene. The word for “beat” in verse 22 carries the idea of more than just knocking, but hurling their bodies against the door. The scene is reminisent of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Verses 23-30, We are shocked and appalled at the levites calloused reaction to his wife lying dead after crawling back to the doorstep. Everyone in this scene is wrong. There is no innocent party and I believe that the writer wants us to see that. The confusion and complexity of sin is part of the point.
–This account is one of the worst things that happened in Israel’s history and was used in Hosea as a sign of moral rot. See Hosea 9:9; 10:9.
–We must remember that this account follows the story of Dan’s falling away into idolatry. This is the outcome of turning from the Lord to serve ones own lusts or gods.
–The days that we are heading into before the Lord returns will carry the same calloused heart and moral wickedness. See Mt. 24:12; 1 Tim. 4:1-3; 2 Tim. 3:1-5.
Judges Chapter 20
Verses 1-3, All of Israel is outraged at such a sordid tale and gather together. They ask a good question in verse 3. Do we as individuals really want to get at the source of our sin? We must realize that all sin has a history and is no accident.
Verses 4-14, Benjamin refuses to give up these wicked men. Blood for them is thicker than God’s law. See Eph. 5:11-12
–Note, bad men become worse in groups than they ever would have been alone.
Verses 15-35, In verse 35 we clearly see the end of what God was doing, though the way He accomplished that end seems confusing.
–It is noteworthy that in the end it was Benjamin’s pride that had him nearly annihilated as a tribe.
Verses, 36-48, Here we are given some more specifics of the battle and see that Benjamin was treated as a heathen people by the rest of the tribes. As in Deut. 17:1-7.
Judges Chapter 21
Verses 1-12, Convicted by what was transpiring between them as Israelites the tribes seek for a loophole in their rash vow so that they can provide wives for the 600 remaining Benjamites. They begin that process by slaughtering a town and taking only the virgins alive. This provides them with 400 wives, leaving them 200 short.
–Here we are to recognize that the confusion of sin continues.
Verses 13-24, Stealing a bride during their festival dance would make for popular reality tv nowadays. Aka–the confusion continues.
Verse 25, This sums up the point of these last three chapters. View this verse in light of 19:1 and we see that we have been given proof of the need for God as King and a godly king.
–The worst perversity in man is seen when he simply does what he wants. Man abandoned to his own desires is not free, but independence from God as King degenerates into total wickedness, incoherence, and meaninglessness.
Added Notes on Homosexuality
1) It is expressly noted as sin throughout the Word of God. See Lev. 18:22; Rom. 1:24-28; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; 1 Tim. 1:10; Jude 7; etc…
2) We believe that God created every man and woman with equal worth and value, but not every idea. To reject the idea of homosexuality does not mean that we dont recognize their immeasurable worth as an individual to humanity or God. It simply means we believe their idea of a way of life is wrong.
3) Desire does not mean design. We believe every human is more than their sexual orientation. We are made in the image and likeness of God. Thus our meaning is not found simply in our sexual desire.
4) Sinful desires must be battled by ALL of Gods people. Sin has twisted out emotions and desires and only Jesus Christ can cleanse us. We ALL need Jesus because we are ALL sinners. Those struggling with homosexual desires are to recognize those desires as sinful and seek to repent, then take up their cross and follow Christ Jesus who found more pain, trial, and difficulty in God’s will for His life than any of us ever will. Praise God for Jesus who can understand all of our infirmities!