Daily Devotion


25
May 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU JUDGES 19:16-21 16 At last, as the sun set, an old man came in from his work in the field. He was from the hill country of Ephraim, but he was living in Gibeah (the people there were Benjaminites). 17 When he looked up and saw the traveler in the city square, the old man asked, “Where are you going, and where did you come from? ” Of all the people living there in Gibeah, who finally spoke with the Levite? A stranger. As it turned out, he was......

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24
May 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU JUDGES 19:9-15 Yesterday I made a mental error in some of the facts of the devotion—I apologize. The error was in assigning the coming atrocity to the city of Jebus (Jerusalem) rather than to Gibeah, where it actually took place. I will correct this error in the archived edition but I won’t send a corrected version to you unless there is an overwhelming cry for it. By my count, I think this is the third apology like this that I’ve written since beginning this series in 1999. It......

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23
May 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU JUDGES 19:1-8 In chapters 19 and 20, we find out about another outrage in Israel. This time, an entire community in Benjamin becomes involved in a cruel gang rape which ends with the brutal death of a woman. The incident escalates into a war which nearly annihilates the tribe of Benjamin, and gives us some gruesome background to the situation in Benjamin prior to the choosing of Saul as the first king of Israel. Outrage in Benjamin 19 In those days when Israel had no king, a Levite......

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22
May 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU JUDGES 18:28b-31 They rebuilt the city and lived in it. 29 They named it Dan, after the name of their forefather Dan, who was born to Israel. This was the city formerly called Laish. This location is fifteen miles from the north shore of the Sea of Galilee. There were at this time several long snaking streams winding through the hills and gathering water from brooks and creeks until they converged into the mile-wide pond known as Lake Huleh, which is not mentioned in the Bible. From there,......

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20
May 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU RUTH 4:7-8 7 (Now in former times it was the custom in Israel concerning redeeming and the exchange of property, that to finalize everything a man took off his sandal, and gave it to his neighbor. This was the legalizing such things in Israel.) 8 So when the closer kinsman-redeemer said to Boaz, “Buy it for yourself,” he also took off his sandal. This remarkable passage tells us something about when Ruth was written. Besides the evidence of the final verse, which places the authorship of Ruth after......

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19
May 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU JUDGES 18:22-28a 22 After they had gone some distance from Micah’s house, the men who were in the houses nearby were called together and caught up with the Danites. 23 They shouted to them, and so the Danites turned to face them, and said to Micah, “What’s the matter with you that you called out your men?” Remember that the Danites’ wives and children were placed in front of them, which means they were to the north as they were traveling north. So when Micah and his neighbors......

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18
May 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU JUDGES 18:14-21 14 The five men who had gone to spy out the land of Laish told their brothers, “Did you know that in one of these houses there are an ephod, household gods, a carved image and a silver idol? Now consider what you should do.” 15 So they turned aside there and went to the house of the young Levite at the home of Micah and greeted him. 16 The six hundred Danite men were standing by the entrance of the city gate, armed with their......

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17
May 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU JUDGES 18:8-13 8 When returned to Zorah and Eshtaol, their relatives asked them, “What did you find out? ” 9 They answered, “Come on, let’s attack them, for we have seen the land, and it is very good. Are you just going to do nothing? Don’t hesitate to go! Go in and take possession of the land! 10 When you get there, you will find an unsuspecting people and a spacious land. God has handed it over to you. It is a land where nothing is lacking.” Unlike the......

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16
May 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU JUDGES 18:1-7 In this chapter, we find that the peculiar account of Micah’s idols and the renegade Levite was also part of a larger story, the migration of the tribe of Dan to the extreme north. This is in contrast to certain Danites like Manoah and his son Samson who remained in the south to confront the Philistines as God had originally commanded them to do when Joshua cast lots for the territories (Joshua 19:40-46). It was in connection with this chapter that one passage was appended to......

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15
May 2017

GOD’S WORD FOR YOU JUDGES 17:7-13 7 There was a young man from Bethlehem in Judah, from the division of Judah. He was a Levite, descended from Gershom. ———————— 17:7 Hebrew, following a slightly different division of the Hebrew words. Traditionally: “There was a young Levite from Bethlehem in Judah, who had been staying within the clan of Judah.” The traditional translation of this verse is that this young man “from Bethlehem in Judah who was a Levite who had been staying there with the clan of Judah.” The phrase “staying there”......

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