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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

Psalm 104

I really like how this Psalm raises the tackles the topic of Ecology. We are asked to have a right relationship with God, with one another and with creation. That way we are nurtured by and feed into a full and holistic spirituality. If we seek earth’s beauty and ask for forgiveness for the ways in which we participate in the destruction of this holy creation we are practicing God’s Ecology.

I have trouble joining those “save the trees” groups because I am a business man and love development. I do think the two can live in harmony but it is a delicate balance. I just have to watch some National Geographic documentary and realize how beautiful God made this world. I pray I can be sensitive to how God wants to go about his re-creation and be a positive part in that.

Judges 19:1

“In those days Israel had no king.” This statement also found in 17:6, 8:1 and 21:25 links Judges to a future time when there was a king. It is preparation for the Monarchy and it has been suggested that it is a low-key apology for the Davidic Monarchy. Old Testament Survey by Bush. Page 164.

I felt bad for the woman being thrown to the wolves(so to speak) and did see the similarity between this and Lots story in Sodom & Gomorrah. It is sad how morals have declined so and yes Levites are supposed to be the standard by which the Israelites go by for moral code. They just shot the witness to bits!

Yes Love John and the Book of John! We or he (John) must become less and Jesus become more! That is so true.

I love similarities in the passages such as Psalm..with creation..love how God brings all things in circular meaning and connects the dots.

Always plan goodness! Sounds like awesome news!

Be blessed

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