Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 18, 2015

“The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.”

Today’s devotion comes from Judges 19:1 through Judges 20:17.  This Scripture covers all of Judges Chapter 19 and part of Judges Chapter 20.  Here are two links, one to each chapter –

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Judges%2019&version=NASB

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Judges+20&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 Then all the sons of Israel from Dan to Beersheba, including the land of Gilead, came out, and the congregation assembled as one man to the Lord at Mizpah.  2 The chiefs of all the people, even of all the tribes of Israel, took their stand in the assembly of the people of God, 400,000 foot soldiers who drew the sword. 3 (Now the sons of Benjamin heard that the sons of Israel had gone up to Mizpah.) And the sons of Israel said, “Tell us, how did this wickedness take place?”  4 So the Levite, the husband of the woman who was murdered, answered and said, “I came with my concubine to spend the night at Gibeah which belongs to Benjamin.  5 But the men of Gibeah rose up against me and surrounded the house at night because of me.  They intended to kill me;  instead, they ravished my concubine so that she died.  6 And I took hold of my concubine and cut her in pieces and sent her throughout the land of Israel’s inheritance; for they have committed a lewd and disgraceful act in Israel.  7 Behold, all you sons of Israel, give your advice and counsel here.”

8 Then all the people arose as one man, saying, “Not one of us will go to his tent, nor will any of us return to his house.  9 But now this is the thing which we will do to Gibeah;  we will go up against it by lot.  10 And we will take 10 men out of 100 throughout the tribes of Israel, and 100 out of 1,000, and 1,000 out of 10,000 to supply food for the people, that when they come to Gibeah of Benjamin, they may punish them for all the disgraceful acts that they have committed in Israel.”  11 Thus all the men of Israel were gathered against the city, united as one man.

12 Then the tribes of Israel sent men through the entire tribe of Benjamin, saying, “What is this wickedness that has taken place among you?  13 Now then, deliver up the men, the worthless fellows in Gibeah, that we may put them to death and remove this wickedness from Israel.”  But the sons of Benjamin would not listen to the voice of their brothers, the sons of Israel.  14 The sons of Benjamin gathered from the cities to Gibeah, to go out to battle against the sons of Israel.  15 From the cities on that day the sons of Benjamin were numbered, 26,000 men who draw the sword, besides the inhabitants of Gibeah who were numbered, 700 choice men.  16 Out of all these people 700 choice men were left-handed;  each one could sling a stone at a hair and not miss.

17 Then the men of Israel besides Benjamin were numbered, 400,000 men who draw the sword;  all these were men of war.”  Judges 20:1-17.

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We notice the zeal and resolve of the sons of Israel to remove this wickedness from Israel, even if it meant civil war against the tribe of Benjamin.

And, we notice that this was not a hesitant, wavering zeal and resolve.  “Then all the people arose as one man, saying, “Not one of us will go to his tent, nor will any of us return to his house.  But now this is the thing which we will do to Gibeah;  we will go up against it by lot.”  Verses 8-9.  “Then the tribes of Israel sent men through the entire tribe of Benjamin, saying, “What is this wickedness that has taken place among you?  Now then, deliver up the men, the worthless fellows in Gibeah, that we may put them to death and remove this wickedness from Israel.”   Verses 12-13.

There is other doctrine that would use this Scripture to focus on man and to pin its hope on the zeal and resolve and ability of man to remove wickedness.  

But, Reformed Doctrine uses this Scripture to search for the LORD and His zeal and what He has accomplished.  Reformed Doctrine pins its hope on the LORD.  Reformed Doctrine preaches and teaches that the LORD is the One Who will accomplish justice and righteousness. 

“There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace,
On the throne of David and over his kingdom,
To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness
From then on and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.”  Isaiah 9:7.

“11 O Lord, Your hand is lifted up yet they do not see it.
They see Your zeal for the people and are put to shame;
Indeed, fire will devour Your enemies.
12 Lord, You will establish peace for us,
Since You have also performed for us all our works.”  Isaiah 26:11-12.

“The Lord will go forth like a warrior,
He will arouse His zeal like a man of war.
He will utter a shout, yes, He will raise a war cry.
He will prevail against His enemies.”  Isaiah 42:13.

“14 Justice is turned back,
And righteousness stands far away;
For truth has stumbled in the street,
And uprightness cannot enter.
15 Yes, truth is lacking;
And he who turns aside from evil makes himself a prey.
Now the Lord saw,
And it was displeasing in His sight that there was no justice.
16 And He saw that there was no man,
And was astonished that there was no one to intercede;
Then His own arm brought salvation to Him,
And His righteousness upheld Him.
17 He put on righteousness like a breastplate,
And a helmet of salvation on His head;
And He put on garments of vengeance for clothing
And wrapped Himself with zeal as a mantle.
18 According to their deeds, so He will repay,
Wrath to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies;
To the coastlands He will make recompense.
19 So they will fear the name of the Lord from the west
And His glory from the rising of the sun,
For He will come like a rushing stream
Which the wind of the Lord drives.”  Isaiah 59:14-19.

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