Lesson 2 Knowing how long a visit should last

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Knowing when to leave the company of friends, a business meeting, kind strangers, or family is a social grace that allows friendships and families to grow closer because the wise one does not presume upon the kindness of the company. Not everyone is like that... self-centered, arrogant, and clueless people tend to center their behaviors and choices around themselves, their wants, their assumed power,and their gratifications. In this story, the unnamed Levite and both of his different hosts do not take a number of factors into consideration and this eventually leads to the death of a woman, the destruction of a town, and a civil war in Israel before there were kings to exert the power of civil law. Knowing when to leave is as much a part of hospitality as knowing how to open your home and be gracious.

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Knowing how long a visit should last  :

Knowing how long a visit should last       Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbor’s house, lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee. Proverbs 25:17   Character Sketches, Vol. 2 IBLP, 1978, pages 290-301 Information also drawn from Character First! Business Character Bulletin No. 3-31, various Character Councils, & other websites Lesson 2 vs. Unfriendliness

Who Am I?:

Who Am I? In Nature… Live mostly in Canada & the upper US Stay in winter conditions Males can be heard for miles From Scripture… A student & teacher of the Law Lived in Israel before there were kings Married a concubine

The Ruffed Grouse:

The Ruffed Grouse Bonasa umbellus ( Bonasa =bison; re:drumming ) ( umbellus =parasol; re:the ruff) Part of the Pheasant family of game birds (& 1 of 10 species of grouse native to North America) , it has several cousins including ptarmigans, prairie chickens & other types of grouse… It is one of the smaller birds in the group, ranging from 17 to 25 oz.

Mmmm, Mmmm, Good!:

Mmmm , Mmmm , Good! *Always a preferred game bird, as early as 1708, NY set a closed hunting season… *Males are very territorial (drumming) *Parents are together only for mating *Mom nests on the ground *An adult’s diet is about 90% plants (esp. tree buds, eating in a spiral) *The 1st few weeks a chick eats protein-rich insects & larvae, as well as spiders & snails. https://www.youtube.com/v/mC0ymhY38jI

Staying too long..…:

Staying too long..… *The female grouse will stay in one place, even when there may be threats (she will “re-nest” if the first group is lost, often in the same place…) *Sometimes the threats are not recognized… *************************************************** We are the rightful, but dispossessed, occupants of this world & one day the King will return to remove the enemy… he will have overstayed his time & hell awaits.

A bit of context… setting up Judges 19:

A bit of context… setting up Judges 19 *Israel is in moral & political chaos. Jud 3:5-7; 17:6 *Israel is suffering from attacks by the Philistines & others (each area defends itself) *Men called on the name of the Lord, but had household gods & images, & set up their own religious centers... Jud 17:4 *Levites became hirelings… Jud 18:4 *Eli may be judge, but we know of his weaknesses…

The Levite & the concubine…:

The Levite & the concubine… * The Levite “sojourned on the side of mount Ephraim, who took to him a concubine out of Bethlehemjudah .” Jud 19:1 * Concubine… a legal wife, usually was a slave, was sold by her family or self, or was the object of a conquest. (She had no dowry, there was no marrying ceremony to speak of, & her children inherited nothing, but she did have legal standing)

Why did the father keep asking the Levite to stay & stay & stay?:

Why did the father keep asking the Levite to stay & stay & stay? After some undetermined time, she goes home…dad takes her in 4 months later, the Levite shows up, & at no point are we told he invites her home…only that he dines & talks to the father… Maybe to forestall a stoning???

A Major “Fail”…think it through:

A Major “Fail”…think it through Rather than leave early, it is the afternoon. He refused to go to Jebus (Jerusalem) & traveled on even though it is getting very late… He chose another city, & was taken in. He & the host did not protect the wife. She is violently abused by somdomites , dies, & he then sends her parts as a message to all 12 tribes about Benjamin…chaos ensues.

There is no excuse for sin... But there are always consequences… May we never be just a visitor in God’s house, & so cause our Lord to be weary of us. :

There is no excuse for sin... But there are always consequences… May we never be just a visitor in God’s house, & so cause our Lord to be weary of us.

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