Unity in fighting evil because they cared

Judges Bible Background

04.07.2016 Old Testament: Jdg 20.14–17

To read the Bible in a year, read Judges 20–21 on April 7, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

Something horrible happened in one of the cities of Benjamin, but the tribe refused to fix the problem. Therefore, the rest of the tribes of Israel gathered a force of 400,000 to persuade Benjamin to change. Benjamin refused,

Instead, the children of Benjamin gathered together from their cities to Gibeah, to go to battle against the children of Israel. And from their cities at that time the children of Benjamin numbered twenty-six thousand men who drew the sword, besides the inhabitants of Gibeah, who numbered seven hundred select men. Among all this people were seven hundred select men who were left-handed; every one could sling a stone at a hair’s breadth and not miss. Now besides Benjamin, the men of Israel numbered four hundred thousand men who drew the sword; all of these were men of war (Judges 20.14–17).

Benjamin apparently believed that with 26,000 warriors they could fight against a force of 400,000! Benjamin knew that they were good, for they had 700 warriors from the city of the offenders, the city of Gibeah, who used the left hand to sling a stone at a hair, and not miss!

They may have also remembered the wilderness wanderings and the exodus out of Egypt, that saw Israel victorious every time, although they had an inferior force. However, Benjamin either forgot or never realized that the reason for Israel’s success was that they walked in righteousness before the Lord.

Benjamin won the first two battles against Israel, but the nation regrouped, worshiped the Lord, and He gave them victory, wiping out almost the whole tribe, except for 600 men.

Questions:

  • When the right unify to fight evil, they cannot lose, but they do so because they care. Do you care enough about evil in your community to unify with the righteous to stand against the evil?
  • Do you worship the Lord regularly with your fellow Christians?

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