By Guy Anthony
May 5, 2020
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Judges 21:1-Ruth 1:22
Harvard Business School is an unexpected place for someone to surrender their life to Christ. Yet that is what I did in the winter of 1979. Intimidated and sure that I did not belong there, I realized (or rather, He showed me) that I needed strength beyond my own to survive.
The turning point for my conversion was the unexpected bible stories such as we find in today’s readings. I was convicted of biblical truth because these stories were too unexpected for someone to just make up. In a world so fraught with misinformation and outright deception, God knew I would take refuge in His word. I drank it in with insatiable thirst. I knew to my core that what I was reading was true.
In today’s Judges passage, why tell the embarrassing story of Israelites kidnapping their own women to appease the Benjamites? No sugar coating here. In the early passages of Ruth we learn she is a foreigner who we later learn will be an ancestor of Jesus himself. A more worldly writer would have written a politically correct tale. In John, Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman is unexpected on many levels, no more so than to the woman herself.
These passages’ unexpected elements mark them with the ring of truth. The Proverbs passage caps this off so well: “A truthful witness saves lives.”
How can we pass on this legacy of unexpected truth telling? Let us follow the encouragement of the Psalms passage and give Him thanks, proclaim his greatness and let the whole world know what he has done.
But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.
— John 4:23
Prayer to start with: Lord: meet us at the wells where we are lonely, where we are forgotten, where we are hurt by others, and give us to drink of the grace that brings life again
Lord: speak to us in the trysting places where the sinners gather, where the prejudices are made known, where our histories are broadcast, and give us to drink of the forgiveness that brings peace again
Lord: Renew all that we are and have been fill us with a new future, inspire us with recreation, pull us into resurrection, and give us to drink from the promise of heaven. Amen