Outrageous

Judges 19:22-30

22While they were enjoying themselves, some of the wicked men of the city surrounded the house. Pounding on the door, they shouted to the old man who owned the house, “Bring out the man who came to your house so we can have sex with him.” 23The owner of the house went outside and said to them, “No, my friends, don’t be so vile. Since this man is my guest, don’t do this outrageous thing. 24Look, here is my virgin daughter, and his concubine. I will bring them out to you now, and you can use them and do to them whatever you wish. But as for this man, don’t do such an outrageous thing.” 25But the men would not listen to him. So the man took his concubine and sent her outside to them, and they raped her and abused her throughout the night, and at dawn they let her go.

26At daybreak the woman went back to the house where her master was staying, fell down at the door and lay there until daylight. 27When her master got up in the morning and opened the door of the house and stepped out to continue on his way, there lay his concubine, fallen in the doorway of the house, with her hands on the threshold. 28He said to her, “Get up; let’s go.” But there was no answer. Then the man put her on his donkey and set out for home. 29When he reached home, he took a knife and cut up his concubine, limb by limb, into twelve parts and sent them into all the areas of Israel. 30Everyone who saw it was saying to one another, “Such a thing has never been seen or done, not since the day the Israelites came up out of Egypt. Just imagine! We must do something! So speak up!”

Super Bowl LIII

Have you enjoyed watching the Super Bowl 53? The commentary section of online articles related to sport champions, teams, players, coaches, owners, halftime performers or ads has gathered expression of conflicts. Be careful of your words or reactions to situations or you may offend others.

If you mention height, skin color, accent gender, or ethnicity of others, you may offend sensitive people. Are they really concerned about being offended or they just don’t want you to comment anything against their lifestyle?

More and more people including self-proclaimed believers live a lifestyle as if God doesn’t pay much attention to them. When we claim to have faith in Christ, does it follow that we believe Christ knows every detail of our life, including our thoughts and plans that we keep secret from others? Christ knows all things.

It says in John 16:29-33, 29Then Jesus’ disciples said, “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech. 30Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.”

31“Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. 32“A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. 33“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Truly, reading news articles these days is very disturbing. Outrageous events in Jesus’ time are happening these days and thousands of years before. Abusive people these days have similarity to the abusive Benjamites in Gibeah.

1. Abuse

22While they were enjoying themselves, some of the wicked men of the city surrounded the house. Pounding on the door, they shouted to the old man who owned the house, “Bring out the man who came to your house so we can have sex with him.” 23The owner of the house went outside and said to them, “No, my friends, don’t be so vile. Since this man is my guest, don’t do this outrageous thing. 24Look, here is my virgin daughter, and his concubine. I will bring them out to you now, and you can use them and do to them whatever you wish. But as for this man, don’t do such an outrageous thing.” 25But the men would not listen to him. So the man took his concubine and sent her outside to them, and they raped her and abused her throughout the night, and at dawn they let her go.

The recorded abuse of the Benjamites is terrible, outrageous, disgraceful and shocking. The old man asked them not to do what they planned to do with the Levite but they paid no attention. They respected no one even older people.

That abusive event was a sample of the disgusting lifestyle of the Israelites at that time when nobody governed them. Everyone did as they saw fit for them. Nobody cared enough to warn or criticize anybody whatever they did. Everyone may have abused anybody who belonged to the minority group.

The same kind of abuse happens in our midst and generation. Similar lifestyle that the people of Sodom did had been observed anywhere around the world in this generation, sometimes in the past and in the future. Biblical records of outrageous events present a lifestyle of need of a Savior.

It is easy to be disheartened while wickedness prevails in our midst.

Nonetheless, we need to be reminded that Christ allows us to encounter such disturbing events in our midst for us to rely upon Him more and more.

In 1 John 4:4, 4You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

And in 1 John 5:4, 4for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

Isn’t it interesting that the apostle who wrote such encouragement was John? John together with his brother James cannot tolerate people who don’t want to welcome the Lord. It says in Luke 9:52-54, 52He sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; 53 but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. 54When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?”

Their problem with anger management was recorded so that Christ called them “sons of thunder.” Truly, our eagerness to tell others about the importance to trust Christ can trigger our impatience to be exposed. We want our love ones, friends and acquaintances to have the best life we experience in Christ.

Pray regularly for the person you wish to be saved. Pray that God make them aware of their spiritual needs, to be aware of their need of a Savior.

2. Aware

26At daybreak the woman went back to the house where her master was staying, fell down at the door and lay there until daylight. 27When her master got up in the morning and opened the door of the house and stepped out to continue on his way, there lay his concubine, fallen in the doorway of the house, with her hands on the threshold. 28He said to her, “Get up; let’s go.” But there was no answer. Then the man put her on his donkey and set out for home. 29When he reached home, he took a knife and cut up his concubine, limb by limb, into twelve parts and sent them into all the areas of Israel. 30Everyone who saw it was saying to one another, “Such a thing has never been seen or done, not since the day the Israelites came up out of Egypt. Just imagine! We must do something! So speak up!”

Have you wondered why God allowed the concubine of the Levite to be abused? The outrageous wickedness of the Benjamites, was it an isolated event? Did God allow such disgusting incident to be experienced by the Levite to make the Israelites be aware of the spiritual deterioration among them?

We can only make a good guess and interpretation but for sure the Israelites were made aware that wickedness in their midst has become horrible and disgusting to talk about. They have to do something right.

The Levite may have been disgusted of the inconsiderate lifestyle of the Benjamites. He knew that he cannot bring the death of his concubine to justice because there was no judge, no leader who may punish those who committed the crime. What he did to the remains of his concubine has awoken the Israelites to respond appropriately together as a nation to the coldness of their spirituality.

Polar Vortex

Have you heard of the Polar Vortex? It is low pressure and cold air surrounding both of the Earth’s poles. The term “vortex” refers to the counter-clockwise flow of air that helps keep the colder air near the Poles.

The frigid coldness brought by the Polar Vortex is also a symbolic reminder of the coldness of spiritual temperature affecting North America. Just as it needs proper clothing to overcome winter coldness, we also need spiritual clothes to have spiritual fervor or warmth and avoid spiritual winter of people around us.

Officials across multiple states linked 21 deaths to the frigid air brought by the Polar Vortex. A hospital in Chicago had seen about 25 frostbite victims. The most severe cases risked having fingers and toes amputated.

It is possible that homeless people are affected and suffered the most by the Polar Vortex. Similarly, believers who have no home-church are certainly affected by the frigid spirituality in this generation.

Are you aware of the spiritual coldness of people around you?

Are you still doubtful of your eternal destiny?

It say in Revelation 2:26, 26To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations.

And in Revelation 3:5, 5The one who is victorious will be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels.

By faith, we trust that Christ will do what He promised in the Scripture.

Our part is to make sure that we may overcome spiritual coldness of this world.

Hebrews 10 24-25 says, 24And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

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