Grace and peace be unto you.
The story is told that the leaders of the tribes of Israel pledged not to give their daughters to the Benjamites for marriage after the atrocity that they committed. As a result, there was a shortage of wives for the Benjamites. The leaders did not want Israel to be without a tribe, hence they came up with a plan to help the Benjamites find wives.
It so happened that there was an annual festival of the Lord in Shiloh, which lies north of Bethel. The leaders advised the Benjamites to hide in the vineyards and when the young women came out to dance, each of them should kidnap one and return to their home in Benjamin. The leaders agreed that when the brothers and fathers complained, they would say “Do us the favor of helping them, because we did not get wives for them during the war, You will not be guilty of breaking your oath because you did not give your daughters to them” (Judges 21:1-22).
The leaders promised not to give their daughters to the Benjamites for marriage. Thus, all the Israelites knew that Israelite women would not marry Benjamites. Nonetheless, the leaders reconsidered and devised a strategy in secret for Israelite women to marry Benjamites. The women innocently went to the festival and were abducted. While their family members were left in shock at the betrayal.
Were you ever betrayed by a believer who is an authority figure? How was the experience? Scripture says, “But Jesus didn’t trust them, because he knew all about people” (John 2:24). We are encouraged throughout the Bible to trust in God and not man. Therefore, we will be disappointed whenever we place our trust in man. On the other hand, we will be satisfied when we put our trust in God. He will never betray us, he speaks the truth, and keeps his promises.
Heavenly Father, your word is life. Thank you for reminding us not to trust in man. In Jesus’ name, amen.