Remember, the backdrop to the story of the Levite from Ephraim and his concubine (Judges 19-21) was that there was no king in Israel. God’s government was rejected and the people led themselves. This one thing helps us understand the impact and influence of the day’s culture when we examine the Levite’s actions.
There was a lot going on in the relationship between the Levite and his concubine.
Now, the Levite’s glaring irony is that after he puts his concubine in a place that threatens her life and well-being, he appears to avenge her injuries by calling for a national response on his behalf and for his concubine’s “honor.”
It’s one of those things that makes me scratch my head. Nothing like this was done before (19:30). WHY did he do it? It wasn’t for love; we know this because he released her to the burning men of Gibeah. Maybe he tried to save face…to cover his trail of bad treatment against the concubine.
CONSIDER: These lessons highlight the concubine to inspire you and me to consider our present liberty in Christ. Jesus sacrificed His life and secured our freedom in Him. If you or someone you know agreed to a concubine arrangement, it is not healthy nor is it producing Kingdom fruit — righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. The fear of man brings a snare (Proverbs 29:25). Choose to fear and reverence our kind and loving God. He’s already cleared the path to freedom.
I’ll meet you on the line tonight. Selah, and love to all.
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