The Minor Prophets Speak to Today
Hosea 10:9-10 NLT
Why are the Muslims so agitated? God himself will destroy the countries they call the Great Satan. He will do it himself, in his time. Don't get ahead of God. Don't play God. And remember, when you do not listen to and obey God, when it fits his plan, he will attack you, too. It is an awesome thing to call oneself the people of God. The Old Testament prophets are not to be ignored.
Have You Forgotten Gibeah?
Perhaps you have never read the story. Here is its beginning:
Judges 19:1 (NLT)Now in those days Israel had no king. There was a man from the tribe of Levi living in a remote area of the hill country of Ephraim. One day he brought home a woman from Bethlehem in Judah to be his concubine.
20:11 So all the Israelites were completely united, and they gathered together to attack the town…. 46 So that day the tribe of Benjamin lost 25,000 strong warriors armed with swords,
How Did These Three Tragedies Happen?
In the full story, three terrible tragedies happen: The demand to have sex with the man followed by the gang rape and death of the concubine; the slaughter of all but 600 people from the tribe of Benjamin; the capture, with the nation's consent, of 600 innocent women to be forced brides of the 600 men. It takes three chapters to tell the full story -- Judges 19, 20, and 21.
The the final verse of these three chapters sets the context for this terrible tragedy and God's decreed punishment.
Judges 21:25 -- all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.
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