No doubt that God has a heart for abused women.

Reading the book of Judges and coming to chapter 19, had me questioning whether I was back in Genesis reading about Sodom and Gomorrah again!

There are guests who are sought out by perverted men and women who are offered up instead. In this case a woman ends up dead, cut into pieces and sent to the tribes of Israel.

This story makes slasher movies look like Disney.

The Benjamites are responsible for this terrible deed and the rest of Israel must justly deal with the atrocity.

In typical God fashion, He cleans house and many Benjamite lives are lost in battle.

Despite Israel’s outrage at their fellow Israelite’s, they nonetheless mourned having to come up against them.

Serving justice to an enemy offender is easy. Doing so towards a brother, not so much.

But, as seen repeatedly, God deals with evil and requires that we do so as well. Thus the reason for His setting up of governments.

At this time in Israel’s history, there was no king.

We are told twice in Judges 17:6 and 21:25 that “every man did what was right in his own eyes.”

Despite terrible sins being committed and serious consequences as a result, God faithfully forgives them when they repent.

The Old Testament stories are a hard read but offers a good look at the character of the God who demands justice and holiness, yet provides mercy and forgiveness when His people turn their hearts away from sin and towards Him.

“Create in me a clean heart Oh God, and renew a right spirit within me.” Ps. 51:10

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