Judges 19:22 Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about, and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, the old man, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him.
Let me see if I have this right. In Judges 19 a man takes a group of travelers into his house. The sinful sodomites of the day begin beating at the door wanting to “know him.” The owner of the house, according to the custom of the day, tries everything he can to divert them from his guest. Even to the point of foolishly offering his daughter. The sinful men refuse and want the male guest instead. The city and authorities have apparently accepted this sinfulness and even defends them in the Judges 20. God then allows the city to be destroyed with only a few people left alive. Haven’t I heard this somewhere before?
I seem to remember back in Genesis 19, in a city called Sodom something like this happened. In fact in Genesis 19:5 we hear almost the same thing as it says; “And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.” Lot, trying to protect his guest at all cost, also offers these men the same thing, his daughters. The sinful men refuse and keep beating at the door, even after God smites them with blindness. The government at the time had evidently accepted this practice as “ok” at the time. God then rains brimstone and fire on the city and destroys it with only a few managing to escape alive. I just wonder, how many times does this picture need to be painted by God before someone begins to understand?
Sin will always be sin. No matter how society tries to dress it up and paint it as something else. God has painted a pretty clear picture. Under it He wrote this verse. Lev. 18:22 “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”
Do we get the picture?
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