The concubine was at her fathers’ house for four months when her husband decided to reconcile with her and bring her back home. He spent three days at the father-in-laws’ house enjoying the company. The father wanted them to stay a little longer but by the sixth day the Levite man wanted to head back home.
The Levite man was probably getting a little anxious about getting back home and decided to leave later in the day. Throughout the Bible when people travelled by night, it represented some kind of urgency. Travelling by night was also dangerous and life threatening. But he may not have considered the danger and packed up with his concubine and servant and started his travel back to Ephraim.
As they were travelling toward Jebus, his servant recommended they stop there for the night. But the Levite man rejected that idea because it was a land of foreigners; no Israelites lived there. He decided to continue travelling to either Gibeah or Ramah. The sun started to come down as they were nearing Gibeah, a land of the Benjamites. He felt that it was familiar territory; so he thought!
We need to discern when others want the best for us and actually give good sound advice. You may not initially agree but if time is taken to think about it, you may come to realize it’s better to take their advice than to do what you thought was best. Surrounding yourself with positive, forward thinking people are very important for your growth. This man may have been the Levite’s servant but he may have had more sense than the master.
John 15:20 (AMP)
Remember that I told you, A servant is not greater than his master [is not superior to him]…
As they wait in the center of town in Gibeah, no one seemed to be willing to take them in. But finally an old man walks by and sees them. He was from the same area as the Levite man but temporarily living in Gibeah. They exchange words and he takes them into his home for the night.
As the story unfolds in Judges 19:21-28, we see a horrific act being played out.
As we look at the suffering of this concubine, let’s think about the environment of these people. Everyone ruled themselves and there was no king, no laws, no ordinances, etc. The Israelites had broken their covenant with God and God in turn had left them to fend for themselves without any one ruling. This is the same scenario with the Levite and his concubine; the covenant was not established and God couldn’t honor them.
We also have to consider who are we allowing to share our most intimate moments and the type of mate she/he would be when the going gets tough in the relationship. Are we taking some serious time to truly look at the whole picture of this person; not just the good attributes but the bad ones as well? How does she/he react?
There isn’t a relationship out there that will be perfect but you know what you can handle and what you cannot handle. What are they? Check yourself out and do an analysis of yourself then come to a realization of how much you’re willing to give and take. What are you willing to compromise and maybe give up? How far are you willing to go with this person?
As we can see in the story, the Levite man gave the concubine to the wolves. He wanted to save himself at any cost. He accomplished it by pushing her out to the men. Instead of fighting for himself and for her, he preferred to save himself. What can we say about ourselves and our mate in regards to selfishness? This plays a big part when you are sharing it with someone else. You are not first any more; your spouse takes precedence over you. In reality, it is
Are you ready to have your spouse considered before yourself? It doesn’t stop there either because when children come along, they become #3 in the hierarchy.
Proverbs 18:22 (AMP)
He who finds a [true] wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord.
Hebrews 13:4 (AMP)
Let marriage be held in honor (esteemed worthy, precious, of great price, and especially dear) in all things. And thus let the marriage bed be undefiled (kept undishonored); for God will judge and punish the unchaste [all guilty of sexual vice] and adulterous.
There was chaos throughout the land and people were acting barbaric. This shows us that we can’t live peacefully without acknowledging the God who created us. If we walk through life without Him, our life is a mess. God establishes order in our lives; He gives us a reason to live, to love, and serve others.
We, too, are in perilous times as we see the news report every evening and watch the tragedies that happen throughout the day. Then, there are those that never get on the news that are unimaginable events that it’s incomprehensible to the human mind. We may not see it or hear it but it exists. It’s happening all around the world. But there is good news that the Lord is our refuge.
Your life has purpose and everything we do affects others. Let’s not forget to ask ourselves every morning or night before going to bed; what have we done to make a difference is someone else’s life? From a simple smile to speaking the Word, there is always an opportunity for making a brighter day for someone else.