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February 11, 2021 6:00 am
The account draws of the episode in Sodom and Gomorrah is almost there are differences, but overall very close to showing that giving Benjamin had become like Sodom, in spite of all all of their opportunity to never be like some Bible again, this is just deals with fact is very blunt.
This is how it is you can't live in a make-believe world and it without overwriting you know the system in your head. This is cross reference radio with our pastor and teacher Rick Gaston. Rick is the pastor of Calvary Chapel Mechanicsville.
Pastor Rick is currently teaching through the book of Judges. Please stay with us after today's message here. More information about cross reference radio, specifically how you can get a free copy of this teaching a disgusting story is the title of Pastor Rick's message today. He will be teaching in Judges chapter 19 verse four. Now his father-in-law. The young woman's father detained him and he stayed with him three days so they ate and drank and lodged there. Verse five.
Then it came to pass on the fourth day that they arose early in the morning and he stood to depart, but the young woman's father said to him, son-in-law, refresh your heart with a morsel of bread and afterward go your way because there some of this is cultural, and this expected me I did to me you would be's it and from our culture is deceptive. You know you were trying to get me to stay the whole week. You can't just take a little bit and go, but you really like Lehman got a guy onto a really this is cultural… Kind of safe space you know you you you give the person opportunities.
I'm told in one culture that they fill the TV up on your cup to halfway as you go through the meal when they fill it up all the way the testing you is time to go home as a very subtle and nice way to try and handle, but it'll get it forward until it flows overall over the table and need to still stay yet the telemarketer turned the lights off and going back anyway verse six so they sat down and the two men ate and drank together than the young woman's father said to the man please be content to stay all night in the chart be married and when the man stood to the part his father in law urged him so he lodged there again.
So there enjoying the company five days of eating and drinking. This Levite seems to not be paying a cent for it is have a little time. So much so that three times in this one chapter, we read that he ate and drank. He ate and drank. He ate, drank father was good with that. He was good with no abuse. There verse eight. Then he rose early in the morning on the fifth day to depart, but the young woman's father said please refresh your heart so he delayed until afternoon, and both of them ate two fat after a while you just so what were getting.
Knowing the man if if if we if the man was noble when the when the trouble came. We would be looking at this in an entirely different light. We would say he must've been a strong character to do you know what what what we end up with. He must've been a fun guy nice guy to be with you just had no courage and no sense of duty as a Levite, was there a sense on it other than his heart was there a call of duty on this life, you have to have a reason to live.
Just you know eating and drinking stunned enough that catches up after a while. Even as you get older you want a purpose in life. God always says well you know as a backup plan. You can always pray you can get serious about praying.
Find out what to put on that list anyway.
We, of course, Christians.
We have a call of duty. We are called to duty in a world of lost souls, and antichrist. I mean, now more than ever, we don't have people who just are interested in Christ would disagree with them.
They actually aggressively they hate him and anyone you like. As it was during the Communists years and Eastern Europe James chapter 4 verses 89. Draw near to God, he will draw near to you. So saying is this Levite doing any of this, the same calling was on his life.
Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double minded lament and mourn and weep.
Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. James is saying if you if you are serious about saving souls in righteousness need to get serious.
That's what James is saying is what please.
Ecclesiastes 76 like the crackling of thorns under a pot so is the laughter of the full. This also is vanity no purpose in life. There is nothing there that is attractive and again the foot not not knowing the father, Lauren, anymore than his daughter was a concubine.
He seems to just have having a good time with the Levite we cannot Nessus quickly put him in the same category is this Levite verse nine when the man stood to depart. He and his concubine and his servant, his father-in-law, the young man's young woman's father said him look today is not going toward evening, please spend the night to the day is coming to an end Lodge here to heart me. Maybe Mary tomorrow go your way early so that you may get home.
However, verse 10. The man was not willing to spend the night so he rose and departed came to JBoss. That is, Jerusalem with him for the to settle.Jesus concubine was also with him. And of course the servant so finally this is enough is enough. I've got to get home and he is now determined to leave. It is true some visitors don't know when the leave in turn AC off of the heat given. Hence the I don't sometimes you know you have a good time.
You don't know when it ended me dishonest. Lisa Camilo tricky thing, something so that they look like they really having a lot of I'm having a lot of maybe you should leave now and then. Hell, the sudden the wife and husband living together time ago is just life.
I like the teacup thing with we should institute that everybody start buying teacups and don't fill them up into your ready. Tough crowd.
I figured as much.
Verse 11, they were near JBoss and the day was far spent in the servant said to his master come, please let us turn aside into the city of the Jebusites and lodged in it. Now the jet JBoss originally Salam your Melchizedek king of Salem now JBoss, the Jebusites had had.taken possession of and then there are mean lot.
They mocked David in knowing we can defend the city without you know those who are for F who are fit for combat, they can beat you back.
David and David said the man gets you know open climes of the well of JBoss and opens the gate for us.
He becomes commander of our army and Joab of course he did it. There were others probably going to make a move and he saw Joab look at them and said we better just let Joab do it know anything about him, you do not want to be on the sword, piercing side of Joab so and but that comes later after David us is king in Israel. So here these Jebusites not being Jews. The Levite turns his nose up to them. I will stay with these Gentiles is a Canaanites and their disgusting is 5 miles from Bethlehem to JBoss and this about another four to give me which is the next Jewish village there, fearing night travel and that's what the servant says that snow is getting dark Stern here verse 12, but his master said to him, we will not turn aside here into the city of foreigners who were not children of Israel. We will go to give you was racially motivated not spiritually and yet little care for the obedience.
With God's righteousness, he simply hated Canaanites and would not be these Jebusites to commit this heinous crime.
It's on the way. It will be the people of God and that is a lesson to Christianity. For Christians, you know, just be careful don't get filled with pride.
Jeremiah that great profit will cut at the heart of religious braces. I guess you say leaders you know the Jews. They just Gentiles were good for nothing made to braces and had consumed by the time Christ came that they were most Jews would even walk to areas of the two that belonged to the seminarians didn't want to get there from the touch. Their feet touched the ground seminarians in the world had authority in Christ. Of course EP provoked these kind of confrontation. See he would go into these places and and he did a great work there. Well Jeremiah, he flashes this out because the Jews were in all boasting about their now this is not anti-Semitism is the fax from the Jewish Scriptures about the Jewish people at these and these 10 days Jeremiah says essentially, with his word that you know you said you think you're so religious they going to be other people are gonna crave the Lord for he says in Jeremiah 16, the Gentiles shall come to you from the ends of the earth as they surely are fathers of inherited lies worthless and prop unprofitable things every time a Christian goes to Israel to visit the various tour sites there fulfilling this verse of this prophecy has been fulfilled numerous times are still being fulfilled. The Gentiles have come from the ends of the earth and we have said that you know the Gentile gods of pagan gods and they are. We've come to Christ would come out of this and those things are worthless.
So it would've been nice if any of the Jews in those days had any desire to share the righteousness with some did Gentiles were difficult. In fact, one of the heroes of David's mighty men today. I it's AI thigh TI. He was likely a Gentile and killed and during in the insurrection of Absalom, David's son, when he was certainly a man to follow while verse 13 so he said to his servant, come, let us draw near to one of these places and spend not give you or in Rama thought he was doing the right thing being around God's people. Verse 14 and they passed by and went their way in the sun went down on them near give me that belongs to Benjamin. What an ominous word the sun went down on them. Siri it it's quite suggestive. Knowing the story that as they arrived at this place darkness was upon and they were they would be enjoying themselves and then perverted men would surround their home and put an end to whatever joy they may have had this perverted town would be in the future, the hometown of King Saul. In fact, in several passages of Scripture we read Gibby of Saul and if you know Saul you can say you know what the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Saul was a dark soul and just would be not good to be associative, so much so would kick will close with Hosea's thoughts about this give you verse 15 they turn aside there to go into lodging, tibia, and when he had went in. He sat down in the open square of the city for no one would take them into his house to spend the night. That was not it nice how you do via little village like this.
They were going to camp out under the stars due to in hospitality. These are again supposed be God's people were going to verse 16. Just then, an old man came in from his work in the field that evening also was from the mountains of Ephraim, he was staying in a given year, whereas the men of the place were Benjamite's well it's nice that he's specifying these things even to his Jewish audience.
We've got several tribes.
Here we have the, the concubine of her father-in-law in Judah we have that the Levite from e-forms tribe and we also have this old man coming in from the fields. Evidently a migrant worker taking Jo to relocate for the season comes here is for me from but therein Benjamin's territory and we talked about the curse that Jacob laid on Benjamin, a ravenous wolf and he got that right.
Maybe so anyway this there was a tribal camaraderie between the Levite and this old man coming in from the field, but no one is no mention of what darkness is in this the hearts of these inhabitants were 17 and when he raised his eyes he saw the traveler in the open square of the city. The old man said where you going and where do you come from and where you will you will my wallet. What you estimate. If you from your gazelle be asking me questions, but anyways he existed always striking up a conversation with him so he said, and we are passing from Bethlehem.
Verse 18 in Judah toward the remote mountains of Ephraim, I am from there I went to Bethlehem in Judah.
Now I am going to the house of the Lord.
But there is no one will take me into his house.
L headed to Shiloh are you that's with the temple was good. Bounced around little bit that we don't know about, but not likely anyway. Again, being a Levite. Yes, this land is we've read from Joshua is unclear why he references visiting Shiloh is seen dropping names like I am, they would've known by his tribal markings on his garments that he was a Levite and so is perplexing why does he drop the name of Shiloh. You could say with the missing going to the house of the Lord, we learn what kind of man he is from the story we are further perplexed. Verse 19.
Although we have both strong fodder for our donkeys and bread and wine for myself for your female servant, and for the young man who was with your servant. There is no lack of anything decent enough were not looking to mooch off of anyone will take care of ourselves. We don't want to be a burden. Verse 20 the old man said, peace be with you. However, let all your needs be my responsibility only. Do not spend the night in the open square with my maybe want to spook the man because he felt they would try to get out of town and met with robbers on the road will be hunted down. I don't know what he doesn't story doesn't tell us that look, you don't want to stay in the wrong neighborhood kid and you do not want to be found outdoors anywhere in the vicinity of tibia echoes of lots days in Sodom Genesis chapter 19 verses two and three and he said that these are the angels that it come to get lot out of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Absolute judgment could fall into type of the rapture of God, pulling his righteous ones out before the tribulation starts in those who believe that the church route will go through the great tribulation. This is the home is it doesn't make any sense at this like close the barn door after the horses out you know Van Holt, I just everything is backwards. So is each. I don't know that I think the people will hold that belief just have a lot of guilt and think the church should just get a really nasty spanking. That's the only thing I can think of anyway lot being taken a good because we can't bring fire down this place. The Angels tell them as long as you're in the city. This is a type of the rapture. Daniel not in the furnace. That's a three you know other Jewish men were the type of the rapture see these things there. There inescapable anyway. Genesis 19 he said to the angels lot speaking here now, my lords, please turn into your servant's house and spend the night and wash your feet, then you may arrive early and go on your way and they said no, but we will spend the night in the open square, but he insisted strongly. So they turned into him and entered his house. Then he made them a feast and baked unleavened bread in the eight because he felt safe inside wall again this old man knew he knew what was going on and he knew that he had to do something. This was noble up to this point, but still he views women as chattel and yeah and that culture, you can somewhat it's easier to make room for nowhere near an hours.
Verse 21, so I brought him into this house and gave fodder to the donkeys and they wash their feet and ate and drank in his 30 eating and drinking of this Levite is going all over the place. Having little time and here he is. Verse 22 now and they were enjoying themselves, suddenly certain men of the city, perverted men, surrounded the house and beat on the door. He spoke to the master of the house your man saying bring out the man who came to your house, that we may know him and of course, not carnal. He is the in the context of what will unfold in the translators have inserted that so we understand and not looking to just say you got friendly like the medium of S&L is happening this is dark where it says that they were perverted men again because the least of the new King James translators and the others to have it in their own way right on with that. These are sons of the Lyle they are worthless man that is the Hebrew meaning but their actions are sexually perverse and so it is true to the story. It is all of a sudden here they are just you know eating and drinking their feet have been washed. It had just enjoyed each other's pleasure and these criminals surround the house as if the gate in hell were opened up in here they come, and the account draws on the episode in Sodom and Gomorrah. It is almost parallel. There are differences, but overall it's it's very close and is showing that Gibby of Benjamin had become like Sodom, in spite of all of their opportunity to never be like Sodom Bible. Again this is just deals with fact is very want to.
This is how it is you can't live in a make-believe world and and without overwriting you. You know the system in your head, get rid of reason, some do and so we learn that sin may relocate without altering its behavior is still sin is still going to do what it does is the nature of sin, and in the fallen nature of man, perverted men, mastered by a twisted sense of entitlement. I can indulge myself at your cost and I don't care what you think God never intended human beings to behave this way, and of course we living in an age where Satan is due this generation to believe a lot of kooky things sodomy is one of them, encouraging them to rename sodomy as a gay behavior is not is nothing gay about it and so defensive that they that they are trying to make a criminal to lead people out of this lifestyle. The one out. The sin is addictive and yeah church doesn't back down. We would love to be helpful. We don't hate the people who are in this we don't want to hate but it's a sin not going to back down from what God calls to make them feel better. Again, fax number and care about your feelings and this can get us killed and we better face that so it is one thing to struggle with an addiction or sin of any kind. Nothing the celebrated to go around being a drone demanding other people give deference to it and whenever this particular type of sin is allowed to roam without resistance collapse is inevitable. Consider the Roman Caesars mean they were normal stomach 40 of died violently as as Caesar talk about the sale of assassinations, so what they do against us of courses they label as haters and attackers in tolerant demonize us a call. As bigots we have to learn to sail Bobby whatever you say. I'm agreeing with God, not with you and though I give my body to be burned.
If I have not love, that's the tricky part is so hard to love people to get up in your face when you want to knock him out a couple times carry water with using a wake him up again come in contact him again on getting this the flesh and I you can't get into the spiritual view without a lot of prayer and love of the Lord. All right. Well anyway that's a part of it. He says bring out the man came to your house them in verse 22, that we may know him carnally and again this is nothing, nothing virtuous and noble about this. It's criminal now verse 23.
Now we look at their response to this and this. This is the story here because let's read the verse verse 23, but the man the master of the house went out to these men and went out to them and said to them, my brethren, I beg you, do not ask a wickedly seeing this man has come into my house not commit this outrage. Well, the statement confirms that their tensions were diabolical as he says don't commit to do this wicked act which you cannot reason with sick minded people as their minds are sick because their hearts are dirty because they rejected the only true God and therefore someone else is taking his place and it is Satan and Satan is the consummate anybody that will be in the presence of throne room of God and rebel against him cannot be all there move. Thanks for tuning in to cross reference radio for this study in the book of Judges cross reference radio is the teaching ministry pastor Rick Gaston of Calvary Chapel in Mechanicsville, Virginia. If you'd like more information about this ministry, we invite you to visit our website cross reference radio.com will find additional teachings from Pastor Rick available there and encourage you to subscribe to our podcast by doing so you will be notified of each new edition of cross reference radio. You can search for cross reference radio on your favorite podcast Work.
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