July 23, Reading 1 – Judges 19

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SAA Notes

The second story is about another Levite and his common-law wife. They have relationship problems and she runs home to father. What happens to her is an indescribable horror – due to the behaviour of her husband as well as that of the men of Benjamin.

SJA Notes

“No, my brothers, do not act so wickedly; since this man has come into my house, do not do this vile thing.”

Today’s passage gives us clear insight into what happens when people reject the Lord and do what is right in their own eyes.

Sin is not fun. Sin does not bring about good for society, or for individuals. There is no bright side to sin.

What horror we read here, and yet this is the truth of what happens when we reject God.

Our hearts go after our own desires, and we seek to destroy what is good and upright, what the Lord has set down as how to live under His rule.

This passage is such a powerful reminder to us, a pointer for us – We need Jesus! Only He can break the grip of sin, only He can make our hearts new again!

* God Above,

This passage is a hard read – Please open our hearts to understand what You want for each of us to learn from Your word today.

Thank You Lord God for Jesus – Who saves us from our sin.

Amen.

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