A Levite and His Concubine (Judges 19)

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Judges 19

Questions:

1. When you travel as a family, do you rough it, go first class or stay with friends?

2. Who is your favorite relative to visit? Why?

3. Have you ever “left home without it”? What would “it” be (in your case)?

4. What are some possible reasons why the father kept asking the Levite to stay longer (verses 4 – 10)?

5. It is the Near Eastern custom to be hospitable to strangers. How hospitable were the people of Gibeah? How does that compare with the people of your community?

6. Sodom and Gomorrah revisited!  Compare and contrast what happened here to Genesis 19. What do you make of the frightening parallels?

7. Why would the old man offer two women (even his own virgin daughter) and not the Levite whom he had only met that night? Why would he offer to send out anyone at all?

8. Assess the passive and reactive behavior of the Levite. What do you like about him? What do you dislike about him?

9. What could have motivated the Levite to send a piece of the concubine’s body to each tribe of Israel (chapter 19:29ff; Judges 20:1; 1 Samuel 11:7)?

10. Would a king on the throne of Israel have prevented this, or at least punished, this kind of evil?

11. Judging from last year’s social calendar, how would you rate in terms of showing hospitality? Welcoming? Tolerant? Reluctant? Resentful? Give an example.

12. What evil or inhumane situation in the world especially galls you? What might God be calling you to do about that?

13. What can you do about the homeless or the violent crimes in the city near where you live?

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