Apr. 12. Continued Wickedness in Israel

Judg. 17:1-19:30

The Israelites had become corrupt in their lives and worship during the time that the various tribes were taking their inheritances. One such incident occurred during the time that the Danites were preparing to take their land.

After Micah had returned silver that he had stolen from his mother, she returned it to him. He then proceeded to construct various idols to be used in his worship. Micah even enlisted the services of a Levite to be his personal priest.

Meanwhile, the people of Dan sent out five men to spy out the land. They enticed Micah’s priest to leave him and bring the idols and join them. The people of that area felt secure and were unprepared to offer the necessary resistance to prevent the Danites from taking their land. Even though God had allowed the Tribe of Dan to occupy the land, they repaid Him by setting “up for themselves Micah’s carved image which he made…” That was sad about the people of God.

The story was told of a Levite whose wife/concubine had returned to her father’s home. After a period of four months the Levite went to bring her back home to himself. After five days, they began their return trip late in the day. Being unable to complete their journey before night came upon them, they stopped in the Benjamite city of Gibeah.

Wicked men of the city came to the house where they were lodging and after a series of confrontations, the Levite gave his concubine to them—another example of the depravity of the Israelites of that time. After a night of abuse, she was released, but died before she could get inside the house.

The Levite in “righteous” indignation cut the concubine’s body into twelve pieces and distributed it among the Israelites and incited them to go to war against the Benjaminites.