The Levites Concubine (Judges 19:1-21)

A Levite from Ephraim took a concubine from Bethlehem in Judah.  She played the harlot and went away from him to her father’s house, staying there 4 months.  The Levite pursued her, hoping to speak kindly to her and bring her back to his home.  Her father liked him, and had him stay at his house for 5 days, and tried to keep him a 6th night, but the Levite departed near the end of the 6th day, and his servants urged him to stay in the city of Jebus (Jerusalem).  He refused, and went on to Gibeah, among the Benjamites.  They settled in the city square, for no one invited them into their home.  An old man, coming in from the fields invited them to stay with him, offering to take care of their needs.  They washed their feet, and ate and drank.

Two things are important to remember from this passage.  First, the redemptive work of God is demonstrated here in the example of the Levite going after his concubine to redeem her back to his household.  God comes after us when we fail and brings us back into His household, sometimes even when we have played the harlot with the world or the enemy, Satan.  Thanks be to God for that grace!  Second, we should notice the example of the old man who welcomed the Levite into his home.  We never know what opportunity for witness or blessing we may stumble upon.  Keep your eyes and your spirit open to the Holy Spirit, that you might see the opportunities right before you eyes to minister in the name of Jesus.

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