Ever heard this from the pulpit?

Ever heard this from the pulpit?

Not many will attempt to talk about this chapter and a (new) friend of mine ask about it.

Judges 19 (KJV)

19:1 And it came to pass in those days, when there was no king in Israel, that there was a certain Levite sojourning on the side of mount Ephraim, who took to him a concubine out of Bethlehemjudah. (There was no law and order because there was no central authority, it had become quite common for Levites to seek position and advancement wherever it could be found. This is in the same Bethlehem that Yeshua was born.)

And his concubine played the whore* against him, and went away from him unto her father’s house to Bethlehemjudah, and was there four whole months.

*H2181 זָנָה zanah (zaw-naw’) v. 1. to commit adultery (usually of the female). 2. (less often) to commit fornication. 3. (rarely) to commit rape. 4. (figuratively) to commit idolatry (the Hebrew people being regarded as the spouse of Yahweh).

And her husband arose, and went after her, to speak friendly unto her, and to bring her again, having his servant with him, and a couple of asses: and she brought him into her father’s house: and when the father of the damsel saw him, he rejoiced to meet him.

Both the Mosaic Law and the customs and traditions of that era a concubine or wife who had an adulterous affair was to be summarily executed.

A concubine (pilegesh in Hebrew) was like a 2nd class wife. Concubines were not slaves, could not be mistreated any more than could a legal wife, and they were not acquired as playful sex objects or mistresses as is typically ascribed.

According to ancient Aramaic texts {and the Greek Septuagint}, this speaks of the woman’s anger and not unfaithfulness or sexual immorality. The general consensus of Modern Rabbis is that the Levite and his concubine had an argument of some kind and she had NOT been unfaithful to him at least not sexually speaking.

And his father in law, the damsel’s father, retained him; and he abode with him three days: so they did eat and drink, and lodged there.

And it came to pass on the fourth day, when they arose early in the morning, that he rose up to depart: and the damsel’s father said unto his son in law, Comfort thine heart with a morsel of bread, and afterward go your way.

And they sat down, and did eat and drink both of them together: for the damsel’s father had said unto the man, Be content, I pray thee, and tarry all night, and let thine heart be merry.

And when the man rose up to depart, his father in law urged him: therefore he lodged there again.

And he arose early in the morning on the fifth day to depart; and the damsel’s father said, Comfort thine heart, I pray thee. And they tarried until afternoon, and they did eat both of them.

And when the man rose up to depart, he, and his concubine, and his servant, his father in law, the damsel’s father, said unto him, Behold, now the day draweth toward evening, I pray you tarry all night: behold, the day groweth to an end, lodge here, that thine heart may be merry; and to morrow get you early on your way, that thou mayest go home.

First we should note the father was very relieved that his daughter would be going back with her husband. It was very dishonorable for a family to have a girl get married (or become a concubine) and then become separated from her husband. If (God forbid) the separation grew to an outright divorce it brought great shame upon the whole family regardless of the reason or who might be to blame.

10 But the man would not tarry that night, but he rose up and departed, and came over against Jebus, which is Jerusalem; and there were with him two asses saddled, his concubine also was with him.

11 And when they were by Jebus, the day was far spent; and the servant said unto his master, Come, I pray thee, and let us turn in into this city of the Jebusites, and lodge in it.

12 And his master said unto him, We will not turn aside hither into the city of a stranger, that is not of the children of Israel; we will pass over to Gibeah.

13 And he said unto his servant, Come, and let us draw near to one of these places to lodge all night, in Gibeah, or in Ramah.

14 And they passed on and went their way; and the sun went down upon them when they were by Gibeah, which belongeth to Benjamin.

15 And they turned aside thither, to go in and to lodge in Gibeah: and when he went in, he sat him down in a street of the city: for there was no man that took them into his house to lodging.

Hospitality was a sacred duty in that era. The failure of the local residents to offer rest and sustenance to a traveler was a sign that these people were of poor character.

16 And, behold, there came an old man from his work out of the field at even, which was also of mount Ephraim; and he sojourned in Gibeah: but the men of the place were Benjamites.

17 And when he had lifted up his eyes, he saw a wayfaring man in the street of the city: and the old man said, Whither goest thou? and whence comest thou?

18 And he said unto him, We are passing from Bethlehemjudah toward the side of mount Ephraim; from thence am I: and I went to Bethlehemjudah, but I am now going to the house of the Lord (or more accurately the Bet-Yehovah); and there is no man that receiveth me to house.

He was saying that he was going to go home but on the way he would stop at Shiloh, the current location of the Wilderness Tabernacle. He was a Levite and so it would be logical that if he had an opportunity to visit the Tabernacle, home of the priesthood, he would go there to offer a sacrifice.

19 Yet there is both straw and provender for our asses; and there is bread and wine also for me, and for thy handmaid, and for the young man which is with thy servants: there is no want of any thing.

The Levite explained to the old man that even though they would be no burden on anyone because they carried all of their own provisions with them. The reason that the town of Gibeah wouldn’t offer him hospitality was that they didn’t want anything to do with the priestly tribe. They may have been Israelites but their hearts were far from God.

This could very well be a prophetic illustration, in that, we see the corruption of the priesthood, the whoring of the bride [going after false instructions] and the out casting of people who are seeking to connect with Father God.

20 And the old man said, Peace be with thee; howsoever let all thy wants lie upon me; only lodge not in the street.

21 So he brought him into his house, and gave provender unto the asses: and they washed their feet, and did eat and drink.

22 Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial**, beset the house round about, and beat at the door***, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him.

**H1100 בְּלִיַעַל bliya`al (bel-e-yah’-al) n-m. destruction, wickedness. [from H1097 and H3276] H1097 בְּלִי bliy (bel-ee’) adv. (properly) failure. nothing or destruction. H3276 יַעַל ya`al (yaw-al’) v. (properly) to ascend.

This makes obvious the connection to the Tower of Babel. Their goal was to ascend to the throne of Yah and kill Yah. This was an impossible or empty goal that ended in nothingness for them. This is a direct mindset of Satan.

*** This definitely does not mean to knock, nor does it even mean to merely beat. Rather it means to beat VIOLENTLY with ever increasing force.

23 And the man, the master of the house, went out unto them, and said unto them, Nay, my brethren, nay, I pray you, do not so wickedly; seeing that this man is come into mine house, do not this folly.

The Hebrew with the Torah observant mindset would have seen his hospitality, to include protection of the houseguests, as his foremost obligation. There was no greater shame than for a host to allow something terrible to befall a guest in his home.

24 Behold, here is my daughter a maiden, and his concubine; them I will bring out now, and humble ye them, and do with them what seemeth good unto you: but unto this man do not so vile a thing.

Exactly like Lot while he was living in the city of Sodom? Here there is one major difference; the men of Gibeah who are demanding homosexual sex with the old man’s male guests are Hebrews. They knew the Torah. Their parents were part of the Exodus. Joshua had only recently died. This mob consisted of God’s set-apart people who were no more than one generation removed from Moses.

Proverbs 26:11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

25 But the men would not hearken to him: so the man took his concubine, and brought her forth unto them; and they knew her, and abused her all the night until the morning: and when the day began to spring, they let her go.

  • Hosea 9:9 “They have deeply corrupted themselves, as in the days of Gibeah: therefore he will remember their iniquity, he will visit their sins.”

26 Then came the woman in the dawning of the day, and fell down at the door of the man’s house where her lord was, till it was light.

27 And her lord* rose up in the morning, and opened the doors of the house, and went out to go his way: and, behold, the woman his concubine was fallen down at the door of the house, and her hands were upon the threshold.

*H113 אָדוֹן ‘adown (aw-done’) n-m. sovereign (i.e. controller, human or divine). Case sensitive makes it a human reference.

28 And he said unto her, Up, and let us be going. But none answered. Then the man took her up upon an ass, and the man rose up, and gat him unto his place.

29 And when he was come into his house, he took a knife, and laid hold on his concubine, and divided her, together with her bones, into twelve pieces, and sent her into all the coasts of Israel.

Sending one piece by messenger to each Israelite tribe. That he would cut-up her body is a terrible desecration by anyone’s standards; this Levite knows that this action is not allowed in Torah standards.

The Levites were the butchers of that era. They were highly trained in just how to dissect an animal for sacrificial purposes. Later on, they developed how to prepare an animal for food according to the kosher traditions that they developed.

30 And it was so, that all that saw it said, There was no such deed done nor seen from the day that the children of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt unto this day: consider of it, take advice, and speak your minds.

Again, I can see this as being prophetic of the end of days. The death of the bride will be the blood on the hands of those refusing the instructions of God. They will seek to destroy all who hold true to the practices of Torah and have the faith of Yeshua Messiah.

Matthew 24:9-13 “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.”

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  1. I would go one step further in that the false shepherds of today will seek to destroy the faithful and obedient because they teach disobedience now. The Levites were supposed to shepherd Yah’s people to the fence of Torah but led them astray. The teachers and preachers of today do even worse!

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