29th March: Judges 18:14 – 19:30 – A guilty silence which comes from disobedience

Judges

18:14-19:30

‘Keep quiet’ – There is a guilty silence which comes from disobedience (18:18-20). When God’s people remain silent, things go from bad to worse – ‘Where there is no prophecy the people cast off restraint’. We must not be ‘disobedient to the heavenly vision’ (18:30; Proverbs 29:18; Acts 26:19). Chapter 19 warns us: Sin brings judgment. God cannot stand sin. He punishes sin (Habakkuk 1:13; Numbers 32:23). Sin must be taken seriously. God takes it seriously (Hebrews 10:29-31). It is not easy to see the hand of God in the sinful and shameful events of chapter 19. We must keep on believing that He is present, even when He is ‘most invisible’ (Church Hymnary, 670). Sometimes, He is present as our Judge. Judgment is not always immediate. There may be ‘peace’ before the storm. ‘Consider’ – and learn (19:20, 30)!

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