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  • The Reason to Go to Gibeah

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  • 2021-12-08   [사사기(Judges) 19:11 - 19:21]


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  • 11 When they were near Jebus, the day was nearly over, and the servant said to his master, "Come now, let us turn aside to this city of the Jebusites and spend the night in it."
    12 And his master said to him, "We will not turn aside into the city of foreigners, who do not belong to the people of Israel, but we will pass on to Gibeah."
    13 And he said to his young man, "Come and let us draw near to one of these places and spend the night at Gibeah or at Ramah."
    14 So they passed on and went their way. And the sun went down on them near Gibeah, which belongs to Benjamin,
    15 and they turned aside there, to go in and spend the night at Gibeah. And he went in and sat down in the open square of the city, for no one took them into his house to spend the night.
    16 And behold, an old man was coming from his work in the field at evening. The man was from the hill country of Ephraim, and he was sojourning in Gibeah. The men of the place were Benjaminites.
    17 And he lifted up his eyes and saw the traveler in the open square of the city. And the old man said, "Where are you going? And where do you come from?"
    18 And he said to him, "We are passing from Bethlehem in Judah to the remote parts of the hill country of Ephraim, from which I come. I went to Bethlehem in Judah, and I am going to the house of the Lord, but no one has taken me into his house.
    19 We have straw and feed for our donkeys, with bread and wine for me and your female servant and the young man with your servants. There is no lack of anything."
    20 And the old man said, "Peace be to you; I will care for all your wants. Only, do not spend the night in the square."
    21 So he brought him into his house and gave the donkeys feed. And they washed their feet, and ate and drank.

    2021-12-08   Since the Canaanites lived in Jebus, the Levite decided to go to the city of Gibeah, where Benjamites resided.
    There, he met an old man from the hill country of Ephraim and decided to stay overnight at his house.

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이해하기(Understanding)
Jebus was the land that the tribe of Benjamin should have possessed
(Joshua 18:28), but that they were not able to conquer. The Canaanites
lived in that city (Judges 1:21). The Levite thought that other nations would
not welcome an Israelite, and that he should consciously choose not to
spend the night in a Gentile city. So, despite the late hour, the Levite and
his concubine went past Jebus and into Gibeah. They arrived in the city of
Gibeah, but unexpectedly, no one greeted them on the streets inside the
city. Finally, an old man on his way home spoke to them. The old man was
not from Gibeah, but from the hill country of Ephraim, and he also lived
there as a stranger. The old man took the Levite and his concubine to his
house and provided them with food and water for washing (vv. 11-21).



적용하기(Applying)
Who is God?

God grieves when we do not help the stranger. The Levite went all the way
to Gibeah expecting hospitality from fellow Israelites, but he didn't get
any help. Had it not been for the old man passing by, the Levite and his
concubine would have had to spend the night in the square. What do I do
when I meet someone in need?

What is the lesson for you (us)?

The Levite insisted on staying the night in Gibeah as the sun went down.
While it made sense that as an Israelite he wanted to stay in an Israelite
city, it was a choice that could have brought danger and did not necessarily
guarantee safety. In fact, the Levite faced greater difficulties in the city of
Gibeah. What about me? Am I stubborn in my choices or do I allow the
Holy Spirit’s wisdom to guide me in making a discerning decision?


기도하기(Praying)
Lord, help me to follow Your Word faithfully and to live a life that is discerning and wise.