On the list of many people’s worst Bible passages is Judges 19:25-28, “So the man took his concubine and sent her outside to them, and they raped her and abused her throughout the night, and at dawn they let her go. At daybreak the woman went back to the house where her master was staying, fell down at the door and lay there until daylight. When her master got up in the morning and opened the door of the house and stepped out to continue on his way, there lay his concubine, fallen in the doorway of the house, with her hands on the threshold. He said to her, ‘Get up; let’s go.’ But there was no answer. Then the man put her on his donkey and set out for home.” (Judges 19:25-28)
I could not agree more. What a disgusting passage. A perfect example of how man behaves when left to his own devices. How wonderful would it have been if these men (both inside and outside of the house) worshipped the one true God and put others before themselves. Yet should the Bible only show us how man behaves when he follows God’s word? Of course not, we see the depravity of man every single day on this earth. How could the Bible be a book of truth if it showed the truth of God but ignored the reality of mankind? World events prove the need for God – should the Bible do no less?
In our own modern times much of the world sat by and watched the Germans murder millions of Jews and did nothing. How much worse to allow a man like Stalin to kill twenty-three million and then be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1948? In 1994 the mass murder of an estimated 800,000 occurred even though the African people of Rwanda begged the then American president for help, but received nothing as America quietly ignored the pleas of a helpless nation.
On a final note you should know that God’s people, the Israelites, the ones who did worship God, killed twenty-five thousand Benjamites – the wicked town who encouraged and allowed the rape and murder of the concubine (Judges 20). Meanwhile, in 1994, no one did a thing about the 800,000 innocent people murdered in Rwanda. I’ll take the God of the Bible over the choices of man any day of the week. The Bible records historical events in all their rawness, it’s a real book for real people. The ultimate message is one of love but in order to receive the healing power of the Bible, we first need to be aware of the need for it.