Judges – Chapter 20: The Israelites Punish the Benjamites

Judges 19 was an extremely disgusting and bizarre chapter.  How bizarre?  It ended with a concubine being raped, cut into 12 pieces, and shipped across Israel.  That’s how bizarre!  Judges 20 continues this story.

“Then the Israelites said, ‘Tell us how this awful thing happened.’” – Judges 20:3

Okay, the Israelites are serious now and about to determine exactly what happened.

“So the Levite, the husband of the murdered woman, said, ‘I and my concubine came to Gibeah in Benjamin to spend the night. During the night the men of Gibeah came after me and surrounded the house, intending to kill me. They raped my concubine, and she died. I took my concubine, cut her into pieces and sent one piece to each region of Israel’s inheritance, because they committed this lewd and outrageous act in Israel.’” – Judges 20:4-6

You offered her up to be raped you asshole.  You did nothing to prevent the rape!!!  In fact, the people wanted to rape the man in the house, but you offered your concubine instead!

“Then, when the army arrives at Gibeah in Benjamin, it can give them what they deserve for this outrageous act done in Israel. So all the Israelites got together and united as one against the city.” – Judges 20:10

This isn’t justice!  The Israelites are accomplices for choosing this woman to be raped and offering her up to the townspeople!

“The Israelites went up to Bethel and inquired of God. They said, ‘Who of us is to go up first to fight against the Benjamites?’ The Lord replied, ‘Judah shall go first.’” – Judges 20:18

Finally God speaks up, but to encourage war instead of stopping it.  The victim here is the concubine, and the rapist is both the people of Benjamin and the Israelites.  They are both guilty of this rape.  One group for committing the rape, the other for offering the woman up to be raped.

“The Benjamites came out of Gibeah and cut down twenty-two thousand Israelites on the battlefield that day.” – Judges 20:21

God caused the deaths of 22,000 people on day one of the battle.

“This time, when the Benjamites came out from Gibeah to oppose them, they cut down another eighteen thousand Israelites, all of them armed with swords.” – Judges 20:24

God kills 18,000 people on day two of the battle.

“The Lord defeated Benjamin before Israel, and on that day the Israelites struck down 25,100 Benjamites, all armed with swords.” – Judges 20:35

God kills over 25,000 people on the third day.  If God was with the Israelites and wanted them to win, why did he kill 40,000 of them in the first two days?  My opinion?  Bloodlust.

“Eighteen thousand Benjamites fell, all of them valiant fighters.” – Judges 20:44

God kills another 18,000 people.

“As they turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon, the Israelites cut down five thousand men along the roads. They kept pressing after the Benjamites as far as Gidom and struck down two thousand more.” – Judges 20:45

God kills another 7,000 people.

“The men of Israel went back to Benjamin and put all the towns to the sword, including the animals and everything else they found. All the towns they came across they set on fire.” – Judges 20:48

God kills more people but we aren’t told the numbers.  How many innocent people died in this story?  How many women, children, and babies?  All at the hands of God.

Another disgusting chapter in Judges.  God has thousands of men killed in battle and then has all the towns of the Benjamites destroyed and burned to the ground.  How many women, children, and babies are killed?  We don’t know, but surely thousands.  And why?  Because God allowed a concubine to be raped.  God could have stopped this by punishing the rapist and the men who allowed the rape to happen.  Instead he had thousands killed.  God is sick and disgusting.

Coming Soon:  Judges – Chapter 21:  Wives for the Benjamites

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