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February 12, 2021 6:00 am
The reason is picture from description of what this behavior is and it again if it's one thing if someone struggles with that. That's you know that's also to send to struggle. It's another thing to begin to take up the flag fight that's that is the great distinction doesn't have to be just this can be stealing a lot of murdering things like drug dealing.
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. Here's Pastor Rick in Judges chapter 19 with the conclusion of the study called a disgusting story. Verse 19. Although we have both strong fodder for our donkeys and bread and wine for myself female servant, and for the young man who was with your servant. There is no lack of anything decent enough when not looking to mooch off of anyone we take care of ourselves.
We don't want to be a burden first 20 the old man said, peace be with you.
However, let all you need to be my responsibility only. Do not spend the night in the open square.
What might 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 Gibeon echoes of lots days in Sodom Genesis chapter 19 verses two and three and he said these are the angels that it come to get lot out of Sodom and Gomorrah so the 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 we 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 bang halt. 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 it, because we can't bring fire down this place. The Angels tell him as long as you're in the city.
This is a type of the rapture. Daniel not in the furnace. That's three.
You know other Jewish men were the type of the rapture see these things there.
Then escape language. Genesis 19 he said to the angels lot speaking here now my lawyers 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 egg because he felt safe inside. While 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, Carmel. He is the in the context of what will unfold in the translators have inserted that so we understand 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, the good of 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 their 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. If you have been washed and have just enjoy 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 that 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 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 learned that sin may relocate without altering its behavior is still sin is still going to do what it does this, 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 in 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 defenses are they that they are trying to make a criminal to lead people out of this lifestyle.
The one L 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 what is a sin not going to back down from what God calls to make them feel better again faxed 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.
I mean, they were normal stomach 40 of died violently as as Caesar talk about selling assassinations so what they do against us of courses they label as haters and attackers and intolerant 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 and get back him again on getting this the flesh and I you can get into the spiritual view without a lot of prayer and love of the Lord. All right. Well anyway it's a part of it. He says bring out the man who 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 20, 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 kook anybody that would be in the presence the throne room of God and rebel against him cannot be all there and he is he is the father of lies is there and flees the father of true insanity.
And this story is bringing it out. We even sought in the book of Genesis and similar situation, but you cannot reason with them without consequence. And here was their chance to be heroes this man in the Levite. This was their chance to die for what was right. Rather than live. You know the obvious thing to live for what was wrong. This is an extreme situation. This is not a little thing. The good guys are trying to steal his bicycle the activity going to commit. So at this point they were to step up. Instead, they stepped down. Verse 24. Look, here is my virgin daughter and the man's concubine let me bring them out now.
Humble them and do with them as you please put to this man do not do such a vile thing. It's revolting to offer his daughter. I think he's bluffing with the daughter story bears that out story doesn't end about the other concubine ends about the value know this is after all my old, I don't think it went to Valley just through throughout put this is it lot did the similar thing offering his daughter's grandfather that I think lot was bluffing, buying time to I would like to think that I could believe lot is that bad. Peter calls him righteous in spirit so somehow in this man's thinking this was a lesser evil than standing their ground and fighting. You know when the disciple said, we have swords, how would that translate today we've got pistols and rivals Lord did not rebuke them for that. I think it was dishonorable not to protect your home. I know the Amish would disagree, but we would disagree a lot of things I deal when you got to spend some time with them and you'll see what I'm talking about but anyway, back to this. I don't know will so the women they were just chattel and to these men. Not all the men but to these men. One of the good things about elk and the husband of Hannah we get this to Samuel and then about Bo as they were there were upstanding men and Elkanah loved Hannah and he wanted to do whatever he could. You hear from alkyl to receive a latte or one thing is though married to women about that at the same time anyhow this wanting to just have women as their geishas that their pets is certainly not godly. One commentator from the pulpit commentary WF ad in the aisle. I like him search for him, though he's woven into his old Italy ancient and writer mean early 1800s. He says in the excitement of a mob. Men will commit excesses from which they would shrink in solitary action. Yet responsibility is still individual and each man must ultimately answer for his own sins just a mob mentality within a mob you would do things you would never do walking on the street by yourself or you can and are you know the Urdu Nielsen you're the pack. You do these things and add me as rightly saying that we used to when I have the answer for that excuse your behavior is so when righteousness is rotted in the heart of an individual than the life is only useful to Satan. That's what it is that's the story went when righteousness rots in your heart you only good for Satan when righteousness lives in your heart. Useful to the Lord. That's the whole story of Philemon and on estimate. Susan Nessa forced to this in the care so coming in today consider you know.
These political liberals who insist on murdering the unborn the bottom of the tree I is madness it or they don't get it. They think that somehow this is someone's right fighting Fram animal-rights.
And yet, having no problem with jailing Christians if they could, having the audacity to stop the disc to did not agree with Satan serious customer. Verse 25 but the men would not heed him so much for the negotiation. So the man took his concubine and brought her out to them and they knew her and abuse her all night until morning and when the day began to break. They let her go was painful to read this. This made them criminals and the record the horrific record as saying look Benjamin and Eve from did one attacking the other accommodated the attack to lessen the blow. They sacrificed her. Her life is not as important as their lives whatever they thought in those days is not the point is what we think right now and the victim. The concubine from Judah. She was blameless as far as we know Benjamin's rapists and murderers. And there's not all the blame goes to them. Well this so much blame flying around some left over for these men who did nothing. This unnatural appetite that they insisted on satisfying at the cost of another person's life without shame.
They have become dishonorable in history and lowest sense Mrs. dishonorable to steal a dollar. What is it to an someone's life like this. Verse 26 then the woman came as the day was dawning, and fell down at the door of the man's house where her master was, till it was light told you this was going to be an ugly story for thing with her last breath.
She turns to the house where she should've found a protector and he who instead of protecting her deserted her in her hour of profound need, while he slept peacefully wakes up in the morning, fresh and ready to go and this is how the story is told by him to the other tribes in Judges 21 he tells he says let me tell you what happened. Listen to this in a minute give you rose up against me and surrounded the house at night because of me. They intended to kill me, but instead they ravished my concubine so that she died is terrible crime. Why did you give them to her mother took her wanted to fight for your life where life is not as precious as mine. May God help all of us should never stoop so low.
The story gets worse.
Verse 27 when her master arose in the morning he opened the doors of the house and went out to go his way, and there was his concubine, fallen at the door of the house with her hands on the threshold she just trying to get it. II could really mean no tug on your motions and just can't lay on this.
I'm not. This is awful picture this no compassion that comes from him. None that we read of in the in the historian knows this so story is not just to be done. As I was led, as we mentioned as we went through, going through judges that he would make give the address of the deed of the facts would happen account and not make comment leaving it to the reader because it was so obvious and so all she was able to do after being abused out in the street was lie down and die as he lie down and slept.
She's likely dead at this point. This is the devolution of the society just the rot of the society resulting in much bloodshed through war to come. Verse 28 and he said to her, get up, let us be going there was no answer. So the man lifted her onto the donkey and the man got up and went to his place worry story gets worse.
But this is you know you is he some kind of man is this, I'm not going try to find a way to make him look like a hero should've died that night. James chapter 1 verse 15. Then, when desire has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. We know that it will be fine when you stop fighting events could bring forth the death of these men of give ER an example of that.
They had become like the people of Sodom and Gomorrah, but worse because they did not have the light of God as these grotesque individuals had verse 29 when he entered his house. He took a knife laid hold of his concubine and divided her into 12 pieces limb by limb and center throughout all the territory of Israel, limb by limb, that Hebrew phrase word there is used of the priest preparing the sacrifices and historian could have used other language in the Hebrew to make the statement but on purpose. Here you have a Levite Levite who prepares sacrifices preparing her as one he himself should've been sacrificed and here he is putting his butchering skills to a grotesque task on human sacrifice and you know you just eat it. He thinks he's going to shock and awe, the recipients, and he will but how dairy dare she do something like this.
He was a hypocrite calling others to honor come fight for this moment come exact justice and revenge.
No mention of God in any of this.
No mention of calling out to the Lord in verse 30 continues. And so it was that all who saw it said no such deed is been done or seen from the day that the children of Israel came up from the land of Egypt until this day, considerate, confer and speak up. Will that is the effect once they receive these dismembered parts that it had on the other tribes they they said this is just terrible and we need to do something and everybody better. Think about it, man up, that that's the idea. King Saul will summon the Jews to fight the ammonites.
He will cut up 12 yoke of oxen to do it, which is still kind of bad but least she can eat six meat Baha'is of the prophet when he goes to an a Jeroboam or at least announced to him the Jeroboam will now be ruler of the 10 tribes he takes the garment any tears it into 10 strips.
That's better than dismembering them and there were other ways to make his point. I don't find any way to excuse it. I don't file well he could avail you gotta consider know you know this is rotten in every age and again that's why it is here. Hosea hee hee happens to agree with me while I agree with Hosea, because hundreds of years later he brings this up.
Hosea 9 he says they are deeply corrupted as in the days of Gambia. He will remember their iniquity will punish their sins. Listen when the tribes rally to fight these Benjamite been advice on going down easy this circle the wagons they're going to get up in the and and fight for their right to be perverts, and they will kill a lot of people doing ultimately they will be almost wiped out.
Hosea is not finished. He says that in Hosea 9, Hosea 10 he says oh Israel you have Sam from the days of give you there they stood the battle and give you against the children of iniquity did not overtake them and and so you Geddes is pointing to this horrific crime. It would be like, you know, if this happened in our time. We pointed back 3 to 300 years back and said remember that. Remember the Alamo. Something like that today. Israel is one of the most accommodating nations on on earth for sodomite behavior and you say will that's the inflammatory speech by calling it on you. I'm just not going to yield because that's that's how the they shut us up. They write power dictionary for us is like packing a parachute and that's how you think they build tolerance and then acceptance and then and celebration bike by nudging us away from what God says these things are and the reason for this graphic for us. This is a here's a picture from the Scripture of what this behavior is and if again if there's one thing if someone struggles with this that that's you know that there's all sorts of since the struggle is another thing to began to take up the flag fight and that is the great distinction doesn't have to be just this you know stealing a lot of murder and things like drug dealing mom 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.
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