Judges 20-21 (NLT)
So this story starts with a man and his concubine. Contextually and historically not so unusual for a man to have a concubine. But anyways. Moving on. His concubine gets abused to death in Gibeah. Then he sends her body to 12 different parts of Gibeah, in all directions. Terrible. Disgraceful. Horrific.
This happens in a time where every Israelite is basically living however they want – “they did what was right in their own eyes”. However, this crazy situation unites the rest of the tribes of Israel, as they declare “None of us will return home! No, not even one of us! 9Instead, this is what we will do to Gibeah; we will draw lots to decide who will attack it. 10One tenth of the mena from each tribe will be chosen to supply the warriors with food, and the rest of us will take revenge on Gibeahb of Benjamin for this shameful thing they have done in Israel.” 11So all the Israelites were completely united, and they gathered together to attack the town.
The other tribes of Israel request the tribe of Benjamin to give up the people of Gibeah, but the Benjaminites decide to defend them and fight the rest of Israel. This means fight to death. Not verbal. Not ‘we hate you’. No. Killing. Death.
This situation of warfare reminds me of when a person has a ‘hole’ in their life, and they aren’t willing to deal with it. Maybe it’s a habit of lying, where one abuses the truth…or just stretches it. We all know someone who exaggerates, which in turn is lying. Little lies are equal with big lies, in God’s eyes. Right? #Standards
These Benjaminites are willing to defend these horrific people, against all the other tribes of Israel. To the death. … Literally. Most of the women of the tribe of Benjamin are killed, to the point where the rest of Israel comes up with ‘solutions’ so as to not let the tribe of Benjamin die out. Man-made solutions are not usually the best way .. always better to go with God’s way.
Here are some ways to check yourself for holes that you might be covering up. All of these areas (as we are Body, Soul, Spirit) often overlap. One issue can affect us in all 3 areas. So go find the roots, and deal with them! Holes are ways for the enemy to come in and attack you.
Ignoring physical pain. Or covering it up with painkillers …or an addiction to food, cigarettes or the like. If your body is not healthy, then chances are, you have some work to do. Your body is a temple, and you have the daily responsibility of looking after it well. Do research, act on the simple principles of eating, exercising and resting in the correct ways and proportions.
Go and seek out what your problems are…and destroy them. Don’t let the ‘Benjaminites’ (cancer…obesity … addiction etc.) come back at you. Go destroy the things that might cause havoc in your life. The little things we leave alone, often come back to get us and are bigger than when we first let them in.
Seek guidance from professionals, and get your life on track! 🙂
Everything works better when it is looked after properly. You will feel better, and it will affect you positively in the other areas of your life.
These holes can be easily covered up with excuses, or blame on others. Unforgiveness and Bitterness can wreck havoc in our lives. Go into those places and find them, and face the issues that bother you. Take them to God. Journal. Process. Heal! Often the supressed memories we hold, only affect us anymore. When you deal with the painful areas of your life, you will find freedom. You will find more peace. You will take back territory that the enemy has stolen from you. Go get it! This is warfare!
Go seek out issues the enemy is attacking you in. Maybe there are patterns you notice in your life, and you have fought them emotionally or even physically but they keep coming back. Maybe the issue is on a spiritual level, and needs to be dealt with from that standpoint. Prayer, intercession, speaking to and listening to the Holy Spirit leading. Having a SOZO can very much help!
There are options, but it’s your life. Nobody can make you do these things…truly. But your life will be so much better when you decide you want a full and free life!
Take Over! and don’t let the enemy dwell anywhere near you!
Submit to God…and let’s not be like the Israelites in these chapters where they “did what was right in their own eyes.” (Judges 11:25) Let’s do what is right in God’s eyes. Righteousness.