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Judges 19:1-20:48

Israel had moved the bar, the bar of righteousness, the bar that set boundaries, the bar that said, “This is sin.” You have a Levite that has a concubine and as the text states, was unfaithful to him. First question, “What is a Levite doing with a concubine that is a loose woman?” As per Moses’ directive, Levites were supposed to keep the Law so that they could teach the Law. The bar/standard was lowered.

When Israel masses itself to fight this “horrid” sin, the bar has been set so low that the “sin” they all are living in is not even a blip on their radar screen. The outrage is a culmination of outrages acts on the other side of that bar that has been lowered almost to the ground. I’ve heard people say, and I’ve said it myself at one time or another, “I wouldn’t do that,” or “Even I wouldn’t do that,” as if our or my personal behavior or standard was “IT.” I know that it is not. I think we do this, consciously or sub-consciously, to distance ourselves from our sin, the “white lie,” syndrome. God has stated that when we break one Law we have broken them all; but, we insist that we are not as bad as that guy or gal over there or across the street. Yes we are.

In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes. (Judges 17:6 KJV)

When we do what is right in our own eyes, we have set ourselves up as God which was and is the sin of Satan. There are only two kingdoms on the earth, The Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Satan; which one do we say we are in and which one are we really in? As Children of God, are we trespassing in the wrong Kingdom? Or, can we be citizens of the Kingdom of Satan trying to pass ourselves off as children of the Light? And worse yet, do we, like this Levite, play our sin off in such a way that we share the outrages consequences of our actions as if it just fell out of the sky into a innocent lifestyle getting everyone upset enough to call a prayer meeting to do “spiritual warfare?” Hmmmm!

Grace and peace,
Ramona

What I noticed in the O.T. passages today was that the Israelites sacrificed 40,030 men because of the evil that was done. It was probably indicative of the whole city, like Sodom. The Benjamites sacrificed 25,100 men for the homosexual perverts that took what they could get without any thought of the woman or her life. What I took away from this is that we know what God thinks about homosexuality. That it was obviously so egregious that the man offered his virgin daughter and the concubine rather than allow them to rape the man, because God calls homosexuality an abomination. I can’t get my head around it being better for them to rape a woman than a man, but I feel that an abomination is a worse sin. I believe there are degrees of sin. Not when it comes to salvation, all have sinned and need repentance and salvation, but in this world and in The Judges eyes, not finally, but now. There seems to be sin, and evil there. These men were “lewd” and evil and God allowed men to be destroyed because of them. Why, at the sacrifice of 40,000 Israelites instead of like He destroyed Sodom? Maybe because they were without a King and did what was right in their own eyes, until they prayed after the 40,00 were killed. They were not successful until God said he would give them into their hands.

There are many people in America that are trying to wipe homosexual sin from the Bible and even pastors do not speak of it anymore. If it was abominable to God, then, it is still abominable. The Benjamites would not turn over the wicked men which makes me think they were wicked, too, like Sodom. I fear for America. If not for the Methodist outside of America, the Methodists would have voted to sanction sin, but the American UMC, is working to leave the association so they can carry on in their sin. This kind of thing is happening in so many areas in our country. How long will God tolerate it? Will his judgement come by war, by fire from heaven, or by natural disaster? Maybe through political slavery. Praying for a great awakening for the United States.

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