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The Book of Judges

 The Book of Judges was taught by Dr. James Modlish


Judges 21:1-25



This chapter deals with Israel’s anarchy over the tribe of Benjamin. In chapter 20 Benjamin was entreated to put the men of Belial in the city of Gibeah to death, but they would not harken to Israel.

Israel seeks the Lord’s council and goes to war against the tribe of Benjamin, and the Lord say for Judah to go out to war first, but Benjamin defeats them. More war ensues, and more Israelites are killed off.

After the Israelites entreat the Lord again, Benjamin is finally defeated and is treated like the Canaanites and Amorites (Deut. 13:15-16)

I. Israel mourns for a lost tribe (vs. 1-6):

Israel begins to mourn for Benjamin, and goes to the house of the Lord to build an altar. Israel repents for their brother Benjamin. Israel is now concerned over the wife situation for the remaining Benjamites.

II. Problem of wives for Benjamin is thought to be solved (vs. 7-12):

Israel had previously sworn to the Lord that they would not give of their wives to Benjamin, so now there is a problem of what to do.

Israel sends 12,000 of the valiantest to smite the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead to destroy every “man and woman that had lain with man.” They recover 400 young virgins and return with them to Shiloh in the land of Canaan.

III. Peace is made with Benjamin (vs. 13-15):

The whole congregation of Israel comes to Benjamin and speaks peaceably with them (vs. 13). Benjamin comes out and the wives are given to them from Jabesh-gilead.

All of this does nothing to suffice Benjamin. Israel repents for Benjamin “because that the Lord had made a breach in the tribes of Israel.”

IV. Wife problem still unsolved (19-23):

Benjamin’s inheritance comes into question... the elders are still not sure what to do; but will not go back on their oath to the Lord.

V. Benjamin takes unto themselves wives: (vs. 24):

The tribe of Benjamin takes wives from Jabesh-gilead and returns to their tribe and families.

VI. Moral condition of Israel when they had no King (vs. 25):

When there is no rule of law in a society, men tend to do whatever comes to mind. They think that whatever they do is right, when God’s laws are not followed.

One must note: Gravity always pulls down. Whatever goes up must at some point come down. In this day and age when a Christian is trying to be a witness for God, and do right, there are always people of used by Satan to try and drag you down. Even some Christians that are not living right will be a pull on those that are trying to do right.

It is always best to stay around those that are spiritually minded and have a great desire to live right, and follows God’s laws.

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