I. If we base our sexual ethic according to what is right in our own eyes, we are worthless (v.1-2,22-25)
II. If we choose what we do each day based on what is right in our own eyes, we are worthless (v.4-5,9)
III. If husbands refuse to lead, love, provide for, and protect their wives and instead do what is right in their own eyes, they are worthless (v.25-28)
IV. If we are outraged at the evil done by others yet unmoved by our own, we are worthless (v.29-30)
- Chapter 19 begins to show the moral corruption of the people of Israel. First, this is shown by a Levite and the treatment of his concubine. Second it is shown by how the “worthless fellows” treat these sojourners. Read verses 1-9. What is the current setting in Israel that we are reminded of in verse 1? What is a concubine—how does the ESV Study Bible note on verse 1 shed light on the answer? How does the concubine’s father treat the Levite when he comes to his house? How does the Levite respond? What else stands out to you in these verses and why?
- Read verses 10-21. Why did the Levite not want to “spend the night in the city of the Jebusites” but rather “pass on to Gibeah”? Who offered hospitality to the Levite and his concubine? What else stands out to you in these verses and why?
- Read verses 22-28. What do the “worthless fellows” do? How is this reminiscent of Genesis 19, when the angels come to Lot’s house in Sodom? What did the master of the house do when the worthless fellows demanded the Levite? What did the Levite do? How does this make us long for Jesus? What should they have done? What did the worthless fellows end up doing to the concubine? What else stands out to you in this passage and why?
- Read verses 28-30. How did the Levite initially respond when he realized his concubine was dead? How should he have initially responded? How did he eventually respond? How should this make us long for Jesus? What else stands out to you in this passage and why?