“Everyone who saw it said, ‘such a horrible crime has not been committed in all the time since Israel left Egypt. Think about it! What are we going to do? Who’s going to speak up?” (Judges 19:30)
In this chapter begins the account of how the tribe of Benjamin almost came to extinction. It started out with a Levite travelling from Ephraim to Bethlehem to get his concubine back, and on the way back, they stopped at an old man’s place in Gibeah, in the land of Benjamin. That night, leading citizens of the town surrounded the house, wanting to rape the Levite. But the Levite pushes his concubine out instead, who gets raped all night and ends up dying. So when morning came, he took her body back to his home in Ephraim, cuts her in twelve pieces and sends them to all the twelve tribes of Israel. At this, Israel now faced the worst crime ever committed since Israel left Egypt- what were they going to do about it, and who was going to speak up?
Just as Israel was faced with a decision about what to do with sin, at some point, we will all face that decision- in our own lives, in our communities, in our nation and our world. We need to be a church that rises up, being a voice in our communities. Something has to be done about the sins ravaging our communities everywhere. If we don’t speak up, who will?
So whatever is happening in your life and around you, stand up as a believer in Christ and do something to bring about change- you can influence your world, for greater is He who is in you than he that is in the world!
“Father, thank You that You have filled me with Your Spirit to influence this world and bring about Your purposes in the earth. Help us to stand up for justice for the poor and oppressed and make a difference in their lives- in Jesus’ name, amen.”