Judges 19 Commentary
This chapter records a horrifying incident that would make the Sodomites envious. You don’t want to read it twice.
Man without the King is a complete mess. Since Israel really doesn’t want the LORD as her King, the LORD would allow Israel to install a king. The human kingship doesn’t exactly fit the bill but the LORD would approve this institution to ensure that this kind of inhuman, anti-life behavior doesn’t resurface.
The husband of the victim is careful enough not to spend a night in the ungodly Canaanite communities. Who knows what these uncircumcised and godless Canaanites would do to him? So he reasons. He lands at Gibeah to lodge there until the following day. But we have a shocker. His fellow Israelites at Gibeah are inhospitable and shockingly do to him what the Canaanites wouldn’t have probably done. This is Israel.
The entire nation is shocked. We are also shocked. Not even animals do things like this!
This is exactly the point. Man is in need of salvation. Man is in need of the King.
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. – Jesus Christ. [Revelation 3:20. NIV]
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