Today’s reading is Judges 19-20.
Today’s reading features what is, in my opinion, the worst account in the entire Bible, second only to the torture and execution of our Savior. I hope as you read what happened to the Levite’s concubine, you remembered Sodom and Gomorrah. I have no doubt God means for us to remember it. The Levite refused to stay with foreigners, but wanted to stay among his own people, God’s people. And yet, such tragedy happened among them. Do not miss God’s message for us. When we do what is right in our own eyes, even God’s people will end up walking in the footsteps of Sodom. Of course, let us not think because we call ourselves God’s people we will receive any less of a judgment for it than Sodom. Let us wash our feet and clean out our eyes that we may walk in the footsteps of Christ and do what is right in God’s eyes.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, there is a small part of me that almost wishes you didn’t read today’s reading. It is gruesome and awful, the stuff of nightmares. However, as I never really want to shy away from reading God’s Word to anyone, I hope you simply learned early the real message. We easily lie to ourselves thinking we can follow our own path and control our own lives just fine. We often deceive ourselves into thinking we can dabble in sin just a little and no one will get hurt. The folks in the days of the judges thought that as well, but look at the awful depths to which that mindset took them. Don’t be deceived; the way that seems right to us leads to death. Only God’s way works. Hang on to it always.
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