“…the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake…Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him. And the man…went out unto them, and said…Nay…do not so wickedly…this man is come into mine house…here is my daughter…and his concubine…do with them what seemeth good unto you: but unto this man do not so vile a thing. But the men would not hearken to him: so the man took his concubine, and brought her forth…and they knew her, and abused her all the night…until the morning: and when the day began to spring, they let her go…And her lord rose up…and went out to go his way: and…his concubine was fallen down at the door of the house (they ravished and murdered her)…the man took her…he took a knife…and divided her…into twelve pieces, and sent her into all the coasts of Israel. And it was so, that all that saw it said, There was no such deed done nor seen from the day that the children of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt unto this day…”(Judges 19:22-30) . A similar account of this particular sin is found in Genesis 19:5. The original intent was homosexuality, but wound up another form of perversion. It would take a whole semester to teach all that is contained in these verses.
The Bible is the only real life book and the absolute Author is God! He includes the bad as well as the good. He tells it like it is to quote a worn-out cliche. This was a despicable act, but is an inspired part of Scripture. Don’t write it off, as there are valid explanations (another lesson). But do consider God gives us a true picture of the inherent condition of mankind. We like to think ourselves somebody; when in reality, we amount to nothing. Even in our goodness, we lack (“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags…” Isaiah 64:6a). It is good to be good, but if our circumstance in life would take a 180 how would we act? Poverty, hunger and unbridled senses are tremendous behavioral modifiers. It’s genetic and we can thank Adam and Eve, or me and you, if we were in the garden instead of them. Where there is no fear of God, selfishness and inhumanity reign supreme. Sounds like modern society. I am convinced that there are those today who are committing the same atrocities as in Judges 19.