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Consequences of Anarchy
In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes. (Judges 17:6)
In a time of burning cities, an election thought stolen by many, unthinkable wickedness given privilege over traditional morality, and a supplanting of falsely accused police with utter lawlessness, it is perhaps interesting to read a story from a similar time in history. This is a sordid tale of what befell a man and his wife while traveling through such wickedness.
But the man would not tarry that night, but he rose up and departed, and came over against Jebus, which is Jerusalem; and there were with him two asses saddled, his concubine (a lower status wife) also was with him. And when they were by Jebus, the day was far spent; and the servant said unto his master, Come, I pray thee, and let us turn in into this city of the Jebusites, and lodge in it. And his master said unto him, We will not turn aside hither into the city of a stranger, that is not of the children of Israel; we will pass over to Gibeah. And he said unto his servant, Come, and let us draw near to one of these places to lodge all night, in Gibeah, or in Ramah. And they passed on and went their way; and the sun went down upon them when they were by Gibeah, which belongeth to Benjamin. And they turned aside thither, to go in and to lodge in Gibeah: and when he went in, he sat him down in a street of the city: for there was no man that took them into his house to lodging.
And, behold, there came an old man from his work out of the field at even, which was also of mount Ephraim; and he sojourned in Gibeah: but the men of the place were Benjamites. And when he had lifted up his eyes, he saw a wayfaring man in the street of the city: and the old man said, Whither goest thou? and whence comest thou? And he said unto him, We are passing from Bethlehemjudah toward the side of mount Ephraim; from thence am I: and I went to Bethlehemjudah, but I am now going to the house of the LORD; and there is no man that receiveth me to house. Yet there is both straw and provender for our asses; and there is bread and wine also for me, and for thy handmaid, and for the young man which is with thy servants: there is no want of any thing. And the old man said, Peace be with thee; howsoever let all thy wants lie upon me; only lodge not in the street. So he brought him into his house, and gave provender unto the asses: and they washed their feet, and did eat and drink.
Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him. And the man, the master of the house, went out unto them, and said unto them, Nay, my brethren, nay, I pray you, do not so wickedly; seeing that this man is come into mine house, do not this folly. Behold, here is my daughter a maiden, and his concubine; them I will bring out now, and humble ye them, and do with them what seemeth good unto you: but unto this man do not so vile a thing. But the men would not hearken to him: so the man took his concubine, and brought her forth unto them; and they knew her, and abused her all the night until the morning: and when the day began to spring, they let her go. Then came the woman in the dawning of the day, and fell down at the door of the man's house where her lord was, till it was light.
And her lord rose up in the morning, and opened the doors of the house, and went out to go his way: and, behold, the woman his concubine was fallen down at the door of the house, and her hands were upon the threshold. And he said unto her, Up, and let us be going. But none answered. Then the man took her up upon an ass, and the man rose up, and gat him unto his place. And when he was come into his house, he took a knife, and laid hold on his concubine, and divided her, together with her bones, into twelve pieces, and sent her into all the coasts of Israel. And it was so, that all that saw it said, There was no such deed done nor seen from the day that the children of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt unto this day: consider of it, take advice, and speak your minds.
This true story is told frankly without moral commentary, yet it is shocking to a mind with any morality. This is what the sodomites of Sodom and Gomorrah were prevented from doing to Lot's visitors!
Our society also has degenerated along a path that is "right in our own eyes." From fornication to dangerous recreational drugs to occult practice, easy divorce to abortion, now to the ascendancy of perversion to defunding the police, stories like this could play out in modern society. After having long prepared this evil to harm us, those who are "right in their own eyes" would take away our guns to render us defenseless.
The consequences of continuing this way could be great. That the evil deed in this story results in subsequent chapters to civil war parallels similar fears in our country. Consider also that the similar story of Lot ends in punishment by fire. Now we are posed with the expectation that these things prepare the revelation of the Antichrist.1 Yet control of our country is declared to have passed into the hand of those who promise to continue the same course.
Turn back from this reckless course. Stop the madness?
Decenber 16, 2020 Created.