Day Eighty-Four, Judges 19-21
Today’s reading, which includes the last few chapters of Judges, seems to really highlight the height from which Israel has fallen, or rather, the low to which Israel has sunk.
This story of the Benjamites taking advantage of a person’s hospitality, wanting to defile themselves with a visitor to their town, and instead raping and killing a concubine is reminiscent of the behavior of the people of the towns of Sodom and Gomorrah. You remember…those towns that the Lord destroyed with fire and brimstone.
God’s chosen people, His holy nation, with whom He has entered into a covenant relationship to be their God, have forgotten Him. Instead of His laws being impressed upon their hearts, each person did as he saw fit. And the result was behavior that the Lord despises.
How this must have broken His heart.