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Judges 19:11-14,22-26

When they were near Jebus and the day was almost gone, the servant said to his master, “Come, let’s stop at this city of the Jebusites and spend the night.”

12 His master replied, “No. We won’t go into any city whose people are not Israelites. We will go on to Gibeah.” 13 He added, “Come, let’s try to reach Gibeah or Ramah and spend the night in one of those places.” 14 So they went on, and the sunset as they neared Gibeah in Benjamin.15 There they stopped to spend the night. They went and sat in the city square, but no one took them in for the night.

22 While 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.”

23 The 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.24 Look, 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.”

25 But 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. 26 At daybreak the woman went back to the house where her master was staying, fell down at the door and lay there until daylight.

Sometimes God talks to us through people around us. It may be that God wants to preserve your life, preserve your career, or preserve your relationship, through a conversation with a junior colleague, a friend, or a spouse. By listening to wise counsel, you avoid making unnecessary mistakes. Do not look down on anyone.

Now, who is to be blamed for the life of the concubine who died mercilessly at the hand of a rapist? Was it the master who refused to listen to the caution from his servant?

First, the master picked up strife with his concubine. Then the concubine left him to go back to her father’s house. Seeing that he couldn’t leave without her, the master journeyed with his servant to his Father-In-law’s house to win her back. On his way back, the sun had set.

His servant warned him against the dark, but he neglected it. His negligence led to the death of the concubine, a catastrophe that could be avoided if he would have listened to warnings.

So listen. Follow instructions to godly counsel.


Lord, help me to know your way, your word, and your instructions.

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