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THERE HAS ALWAYS BEEN “WICKED”

Judges 19:23 “Then the man, the owner of the house, went out to them and said to them, ‘No, my fellows, please do not act so wickedly; since this man has come into my house, do not commit this act of folly.’” 

WICKED = FOLLY

 Chapters 19-21 of Judges contain probably one of the most confusing stories in Scripture. It involves concubines, homosexuality, rape, war, death and forgiveness.  It is apparent that wickedness has always been among us.  People, left to their own decisions, will wallow in wickedness.  Let’s face it, sin feels good for a season.  But there are always consequences for our sins.

Israel and the tribe of Benjamin are at war WITH EACH OTHER.  It’s brother against brother.  This is NOT what God intended.  They were doing what was good in their own eyes and not relying on the direction of the Lord.  This story is a perfect example of how NOT to live.

TEACHING MOMENT

 When Elrod or Gertrude hits their teen years and is determined to live how they want to live, read them this story.  Show them how totally chaotic and wrong things can go when we are not following the Lord.  Your child, even though they know the right way to live, can choose another path, resulting in wickedness. It’s important they understand that wickedness always brings consequences.

The Lord won’t let believers wallow in wickedness.  He will discipline them at some point.  God will not allow His holy name to be besmirched by us.  His name means something.  He won’t be partnered with evil.  So, just beware.

Is your life reflecting good choices or wickedness?  Can the world even tell you are a believer by the way you live?  Do your children feel drawn to Christ by the way you act around the house?  Turn to Him today and ask Him to guide your every step.

O Lord, I am prone to live just like the Benjamites in this story.  My flesh’s desires are strong.  Give me the strength to always choose right, not wickedness.

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