Thursday, 26th January 2023
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
SECTION ONE V1-9 THE FALL OF THE LEVITES
This is a generation of darkness, a generation of confusion, and a generation without king. When God’s people have no king in their lives, what will happen? V1-2 ‘And it came to pass in those days, when there was no king in Israel, that there was a certain Levite staying in the remote mountains of Ephraim. He took for himself a concubine from Bethlehem in Judah. But his concubine played the harlot against him, and went away from him to her father’s house at Bethlehem in Judah, and was there four whole months.’ The Levite sinned against God when he took a concubine, then again his concubine also sinned against God by playing the harlot. God chose the Levites to serve in the Temple of God, but when they are corrupted, they did not stand in the right place and do the right thing, the corruptions then were spreading to the people.
SECTION TWO V10-21 THE FALL OF JERUSALEM
Jerusalem is the Holy City, it is supposed to be the place of God’s presence. But when the people sinned against God in Jerusalem, God’s presence will leave His city. V10-11 ‘However, the man was not willing to spend that night; so he rose and departed, and came opposite Jebus (that is, Jerusalem). With him were the two saddled donkeys; his concubine was also with him. They were near Jebus, and the day was far spent; and the servant said to his master, “Come, please, and let us turn aside into this city of the Jebusites and lodge in it.”’ People living in Jerusalem were no longer the people of God. It was the appointed place for the people of God but those living there did not believe in God. Do we know we are God’s chosen people? Are we living in the place of the presence of God? Do we really treasure the appointed place from God?
V14-15 ‘And they passed by and went their way; and the sun went down on them near Gibeah, which belongs to Benjamin. They turned aside there to go in to lodge in Gibeah. And when he went in, he sat down in the open square of the city, for no one would take them into his house to spend the night.’ Even a Levite did not want to stay in Jerusalem. In the generation of darkness, people are confused, they did not know where to go and where to stay. When we don’t treasure the Temple of God and the principles of God, then the world will fall into confusion.
SECTION THREE V22-30 THE FALL OF THE ISRAEL
V22 ‘As they were enjoying themselves, suddenly certain men of the city, perverted men, surrounded the house and beat on the door. They spoke to the master of the house, the old man, saying, “Bring out the man who came to your house, that we may know him carnally!”’ The Levite was again enjoying himself in the old man’s house. He was enjoying himself in his father-in-law’s house and now in the old man’s house. He was seeking the enjoyment of this world and failed to see that he already sinned against God and displeased God. The city was supposed to be the city of God, but it became a place of idolatry and a place of sin. When the Levites were not standing in the right place, the whole nation would not stand in the right place.
The old man was offering his daughter first, but at the same time he was actually reminding the Levite that if he offered his concubine then they would keep the troubles away. The old man was giving the wrong teaching and the Levite listened. Why would the concubine run away in the first place? It seemed that the Levite treated her like a servant instead of a wife, and when she died, he cut her into twelves pieces to send to the tribes of Israel. Do we really have love for others? Or are we living in a relationship of trade?
V30 ‘And so it was that all who saw it said, “No such deed has been done or seen from the day that the children of Israel came up from the land of Egypt until this day. Consider it, confer, and speak up!”’ Nobody questioned what the Levite did, but they had a meeting to talk about how to fight back. This is the generation of darkness, may God help us to see the righteous path and not the worldly values.
士师记 19 – 黑暗的世代
V21-22 利未人一生所追求的是“心里欢畅”。匪徒来找上门，想要与“他”- 就这是利未人 – 交合。当神的仆人缺席，神的殿也没有人看重的时候，以色列的十二支派都堕落了, 一群男子要与一个男人行淫乱的事。