“In those days, when there was no king in Israel, a certain Levite was sojourning in the remote parts of the hill country of Ephraim, who took to himself a concubine from Bethlehem in Judah.” (ESV – Read the chapter)
Here we arrive at what is arguably the darkest narrative in all of the Scriptures. The Passion sequence is bad, to be sure, but it at least ends with hope. From nearly the first words of this chapter through the end of the story in chapter 21 not a single thing goes right. Everything is wrong.
When we turn from God, this is where things finally end up. When everyone does what is right in their own eyes, when there is no good and faithful leadership, the character of the people finally breaks. And when this happens, anything goes. The world turns upside-down.
Hang in tightly for the next few chapters and posts as we explore this disturbing series of events. This is one of those places where we see a whole lot of awful stuff presented in the Scriptures with a minimal amount of commentary, good or bad. It doesn’t need it. The events here speak for themselves of how sinful they all are. Know well that nothing here is condoned. It is all evil. Let us take the warning and avoid this path. It never ends well.