Foreigners, Family, and Friends

Read the Bible in a year by reading Judges 18 and 19 today.
We like to make judgments about people, especially what we think they will or will not do. Yet, we are often wrong. There was a Levite who thought that foreigners would treat him badly, but that Israelites (his family and friends) would treat him well. As he was traveling with his servant and concubine, it was getting dark and Jerusalem was close by, but it did not yet belong to Israel. The servant suggested that they stay in that town. “But his master said to him,
‘We will not turn aside here into a city of foreigners, who are not of the children of Israel; we will go on to Gibeah'” (Judges 19:12). That turned out to be huge mistake, as you will find out in your reading.
Do not assume that people who are not apart of you and yours are always wrong and that you and yours are always right. We do not want to go to the other extreme either of saying that people who are not apart of you and yours are always right and that you and yours are always wrong. We have to think of every person based on his merits, which means that sometimes we have no idea what to think, because we have not had a chance to get to know someone.

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