Sermons

Introduction. 

The book of Judges covers a time when God’s people repeatedly turned away to worship other gods. This led to oppression by foreign armies. In desperation, God’s people cried out for deliverance. God responded by sending great leaders (Judges) to restore peace and spiritual faithfulness. But after every judge died, the people went right back to disobedience, and the cycle started over again. This last section of the book (chapter 17-21) focuses on a period after the last judge (Samson) has died. The time of sin and rebellion chronicles several broken things. Each is relevant to our lives today.

 

Audio Version 

SERMON TITLE: BROKEN

PART 7: VALUE 

TEXT:  Judges 19

INTRODUCTION.

The book of Judges covers a time when God’s people repeatedly turned away to worship other gods. This led to oppression by foreign armies. In desperation, God’s people cried out for deliverance. God responded by sending great leaders (Judges) to restore peace and spiritual faithfulness. But after every judge died, the people went right back to disobedience, and the cycle started over again. This last section of the book (chapter 17-21) focuses on a period after the last judge (Samson) has died. The time of sin and rebellion chronicles several broken things. Each is relevant to our lives today.

DISCUSSION.

Think about some time-periods when America experienced a certain level of lawlessness (Wild West, Roaring 20s). Why did the lawlessness occur, and what put an end to it?

EXAMINATION. 

Vv.1-4     A Levite was a religious leader in Israel. A concubine was a second-class wife. Considering how many Old Testament characters had concubines (Genesis 35:22; Judges 8:29-31; 2 Samuel 3:7; 1 Chron. 1:32; 2:46), should we view the practice as sinful? Why or why not?

Vv.5-10    What would motivate the father-in-law to keep persuading them to stay another night? Is he just hospitable or could there be other reasons?

Vv.11-15   In that day, travelers waited in an open place (city gate, well, town square), to signal that they needed lodging. Read Leviticus 19:33-34 regarding the treatment of aliens. Consider that the Levite is not an alien, but an Israelite. Factor in the instruction of Leviticus 25:35. What does this tells us about the spiritual state of Israel?

Vv.16-21   Is there any significance in the fact that the old man isn’t a native of that city?

Vv.22-24  “Disgraceful” is the same word used in Genesis 34:7 and 2 Samuel 13:10-12. What does it add to the story that the old man would not see it as “disgraceful” to offer his daughter and the concubine to be gang-raped?

Vv.25-28   Discuss all the details that point to the Levite being cowardly, heartless, cruel.

Vv.29-30   Why does the Levite do this?

APPLICATION.

What possible lessons could come from this gruesome story?

How did/does God demonstrate our worth? (Romans 5:8)

How did God invest all human life with significance? (Gen. 9:6)

How might this story encourage us to be less concerned about the moral status of the world, and more concerned with the moral state of the church?

In what ways should we demonstrate that we value life?

 

“Idolators worship gods they can carry, but Christians worship a God who carries them.” Warren Weirsbe

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