THE BOOK OF JUDGES
BENJAMITES IN THE BIBLE EVENT
HIVITES OF GIBEAH BIBLE TRAGEDY
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THE HIVITES OF GIBEAH BIBLE STORY
Greetings! And welcome back to Daily Bread. Quite a
story we began last time ... Let's see what happens next, shall we? As you
recall, the Levite man's concubine was defiled by some wicked men of Gibeah
(a city of the tribe of Benjamin), and she died because of it.
cut her body limb by limb and sent one each to the twelve tribes of Israel,
because they committed sin and evil conduct in Israel.
So all of Israel gathered in an assembly at Mizpeh, because that was where the Ark of the Covenant was in
those days, and the Levite man explained what happened and asked Israel what
would be done about it.
Well, for one thing, they swore in agreement that
none of them would from then on, give their daughters in marriage to a Benjamite.
They also agreed that they should go up by the Lord's command and
fight against Benjamin until they surrendered the evil doers.
BENJAMITES IN THE BIBLE LESSON
THE HIVITES OF GIBEAH BIBLE CONCERN
Let's take a little pause to
remember just who we're talking about here. Remember back in the book of
Chapter 9, Israel was supposed to be driving the heathen out of the land
and they were tricked into making a league with the Gibeonites, allowing
them to live and be servants. Also remember that God warned that any heathen
that they didn't drive out would become as a thorn in their sides.
So let's get this straight, the people of Gibeah are not from the tribe of Benjamin,
they are Hivites living in a city within the borders of the inheritance of
Benjamin. Of course there were Benjamites that lived in the city too ...
After all ... It was part of their inheritance.
Well, the children of Benjamin
refused to turn over the evil doers and rid Israel of evil, and instead they
prepared to go to war against their brethren.
BENJAMITES IN THE BIBLE TRUTH
THE HIVITES OF GIBEAH BIBLE WARNING
Why, you may ask yourself,
wouldn't they want to turn in the wicked people from Gibeah? Perhaps because
they were their servants. Not servants, as you think of them in today's
world. These servants weren't paid money for their services, they were
allowed to live. It was free labor for the children of Benjamin.
The army of the children of
Benjamin was 26,000 men strong, plus 700 from Gibeah. Of these 26,700,
seven hundred of them were left handed and each could sling stones at a
single hair breadth and not miss.
The army of Israel was 400,000
strong, and they went up to the house of God and asked who should go first
to battle against Benjamin. The Lord answered, Judah.
BENJAMITES IN THE BIBLE FACTS
THE HIVITES OF GIBEAH BIBLE BATTLE
The first day, the battle engaged
at Gibeah and the children of Benjamin killed 22,000 men of Israel. In the
evening, Israel cried to the Lord asking if they should go again to battle
against Benjamin and the Lord said, Go up against him.
So on the second day, the
children of Benjamin were again the more victorious, killing another 18,000
men of Israel. So all the people went up to the house of God and fasted and
prayed and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord. And
Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, was the priest in those
This is the evidence we talked about earlier that makes it obvious
that this happened before there were any judges in Israel, because Phinehas
was the high priest in the years immediately following Joshua's death, and
if this were in chronological order, the time frame would be many years
BENJAMITES IN THE BIBLE RESEARCH
THE HIVITES OF GIBEAH BIBLE DANGER
And Phinehas asked the Lord on behalf of the children of Israel,
Shall I yet again go to battle against Benjamin, or should I stop? And the
Lord said, Go, and tomorrow I will deliver them into your hand.
On the third day, the battle
engaged as it had the first two days, but this was just what Israel
intended, because they had laid an ambush all around Gibeah. The Benjamites
grew confident that they would triumph over Israel again because they were
retreating as they had done before, but this time they were purposely
drawing the Benjamites out of the city.
Even those men who were unfit to
fight for lack of strength or age were drawn out to fight, hoping to defeat
Israel. When they were far enough out of the city, the men waiting in ambush
came out and Israel closed in on them until they were all destroyed except
for 600 men that fled into the wilderness to a place called rock Rimmon, for
BENJAMITES IN THE BIBLE SUMMARY
THE HIVITES OF GIBEAH BIBLE CONCLUSION
Then the children of Israel
burned the city and any who weren't killed in the fire were killed in the
battle, including men, women, children and beast, and Israel set fire to all
the cities of the Benjamites that they came to.
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