DAN TO BEERSHEBA
Today’s Reading: Judges 20
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Key Verse: Judges 20:20a
And the men of Israel went out to battle against Benjamin…
Israel had extremely hard lessons to learn. Again they were fighting members of their own family; all of them were children of Abraham. When people are estranged from God, trouble and divisions usually follow. This happens in individual families as well as in nations. Inevitably, the cause of the conflict is the curse of sin…sin against God and against people. In America this happened in the Civil War. People whose roots were mainly in the United Kingdom were killing each other, perhaps as many as 500,000 died just 150 years ago. The book, Killing Lincoln, speaks of the President’s well-worn Bible, which has many notes written in the margins. The last two US Presidents laid their hands upon that very Bible when they were sworn into office. We can be sure that President Lincoln believed he was directed by God to remove the curse of slavery from the land. It’s easy for us to second-guess decisions made by leaders. Jesus was so revolutionary (not in a military way) that He taught us to love our enemies. We should ask ourselves the question, “How well are we obeying His commandment to love unconditionally?”
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I find it difficult to understand Your unconditional love. It amazes me that You, Lord Jesus, chose to die rather than call on a mighty army of angels to destroy the world and all who did such evil against You. I pray for a greater measure of Your love to fill me up to overflowing. Help me to show my love for You by loving all people, even those who would consider themselves my enemies. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
In preparation for our next book in this blog, 1st Corinthians, I’ve been reading ahead. Last night I read 1st Corinthians, chapter 13. It occurred to me that this chapter is a description of the way Jesus lived His life. He was and is the very embodiment of love. He is “the Glory of God.” It’s not hard for me to believe that “All have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Love is the only way to make an enemy a friend. Through the years I’ve discovered this wisdom in my relationships with Government, with the media, and with people in general, and in particular those with whom I disagree. On this basis, our TV network, YES TV, has opened its door in various TV productions to spokespersons of varying opinions.
Norma-Jean mentioned to me the Frank Sinatra love song, Young At Heart, which has a line in it, “If you should survive to 105…” George Beverly Shea, who lived almost to 105, recorded the powerful song, The Love of God. If I can find it online, I’ll put it in my blog (click here). Could this be George’s secret to long life? For years he watched the 100 Huntley Street telecast on his computer every day! What a great man!!!
Yours for living and loving,
P.S. Here is a satellite map of the territory (Dan to Beersheba) from which the tribes gathered to fight against Benjamin because of the outrage they felt at the perversion of the men of Gibeah (Judges 19:22-30).
It is great to remember the Love of God after reading about all the battles in today’s reading. We should think of His Love in our present time as well. It so encourages us. Psalm 22: 3, says He inhabits the praise of His people. Blessings all today.
If only we would recognize and take responsibility for our sin … God says if we confess our sin, He will forgive us and cleanse us of it.
In these chapters, if the Benjaminites had given up the lawbreakers in their midst, they could have prevented war. If the Levite had not been so callous, cowardly, and dishonest, he also could have prevented much bloodshed.
Father, I know it’s easy for us to see the fault in others and to think we would act differently were we in their shoes, but life shows us we don’t always do the right thing either. Truth is, we’re all sinful and in need of Your grace.
Help all people everywhere do the right thing and turn to You, the One Saviour we all need. “There is none righteous; no, not one.” Yet You yourself took our sin and the penalty for it. Thank You, Lord God; help us live for You, in Jesus’s great name, amen
Amen Rob !