Torn Between Two Loves

” And it came to pass in those days, when there was no king in Israel, 
that there was a certain Levite staying in the remote mountains of  
Ephraim. He took for himself a concubine from Bethlehem in Judah.  
Judges 19:1-2. NKJV. ” It is very important for you to take note of 
who the Levites were. The following information is taken from Nelson’s 
New Illustrated Bible Dictionary.  ” Levites were descendants if Levi 
who served as assistants to the priests in the worship system of the 
nation of Israel. As Levites, Aaron and his sons and their descendants 
were charged with the responsibility of the priesthood offering burnt 
offerings and leading the people in worship and confession. But all the 
other Levites who were not descended directly from Aaron were to serve 
as priestly assistants, taking care of the tabernacle and the temple and 
performing other menial duties ( Numbers 8:6 ). The choice of the Levites 
as a people who would perform special service for God goes back to the 
days of the Exodus when the children of Israel were camped at Mt. Sinai. 
The people grew restless while they waited for Moses to return from talking 
with the Lord on the mountain. Breaking their covenant with God, they made 
a golden calf and began to worship it. The Levites were no less guilty than 
the other tribes. But when Moses returned and called for those on the Lord’s 
side to come forward, the descendants of Levi were the only ones who  
voluntarily rallied to his side; showing zeal for God’s honor (Exodus 32:26-28).” 
Now while it is not unusual for Levites to live in their own cities. It is important 
to understand that the Levites partook of the Holy things of Yahweh and lived 
consecrated lives. Yet this particular Levite spoken of earlier went and got for 
himself a concubine, he became torn between two loves. Read what happens in 
verse two of Judges 19. (2) ” But his concubine played the harlot against him, 
and went away from him to her father’s house at Bethlehem in Judah, and was 
there for whole two months. (3) ” Then her husband arose and went after her, 
to speak kindly to her and bring her back, having his servant and a couple of 
donkeys with him. So,, she brought him into her father’s house; and when the 
father of the young woman saw him, he was glad to meet him. ” This Levite, 
instead of chasing after God, and performing his priestly duties, he found him 
self torn between two loves. For he loved God too; yet he had a deeper passion 
for his concubine even though she was stepping out on him so to speak. He still 
wanted very much to be with her. As it turns out the Levite stayed at his concubine 
father’s house for five days at his insistence; however, on the fifth day during the 
afternoon, he departed with his concubine. Being unaware that the journey home 
would be a treacherous one, in the city Gibeah which he chose to spend the night 
for the sun had gone down on them, and they were still very far from home. Sadly 
in Gibeah, no one would take them in for the night. So, they sat in the square of this 
city. Do you not know in spite of Abba Father always makes a way? Read (16) ” 
Just then an old man came in from his work in the field at evening, who also was 
from the mountains of Ephraim; he was staying in Gibeah, whereas the men of 
the place were Benjamites. ” (17) ” And when he raised his eyes, he saw the traveler 
in  the square of the city, and the old man said, where are you going, and where do 
you come from? ” (21) ” So he brought him into his house and house and gave fodder to the 
donkeys. And they washed their feet and ate and drank. ” (22) ” As they were en- 
joying themselves, suddenly certain men of the city. Perverted men surrounded the 
house and beat on the door. They spoke to the master of the house, the old man saying; 
bring out the man who came to your house, that we may know him carnally! ” 
(23) ” But the man, the master of the house, went out to them, ” No, my brethren! 
I beg you, do not act so wickedly! Seeing this man has come into my house; do not 
commit this outrage. ” (24) ” Look, here is my virgin daughter and the man’s 
concubine, ” Let me bring them out now. Humble them, and do with them as you please, 
but to this man do not do such a vile thing! ” Now take note of what the Levite himself 
did in verse (25) ” But the men would not heed him. So, the man took his concubine and 
brought her out to them. And they knew her and abused her all night until morning, and 
when the day began to break, they let her go. ” (26) ” Then the woman came as the day 
was dawning and fell down at the door of the man’s house where her master was till it 
was light. ” (27) ” When her master arose in the morning, and opened the doors of the 
house and went out to go his way, there was his concubine, fallen at the door of the house 
with her hands on the threshold. ” (28) ” And he said to her, ” Get up and let us be going.” 
But there was no answer. So, the man lifted her onto the donkey; and the man got up and 
went to his place. ” This Levite was so torn between two loves so much, so it seemed as  
if he had forgotten the God whom he served. He did not pray. Read what he did as soon 
as he arrived at his home. (29) ” When he entered his house he took a knife, laid hold of 
his concubine, and dived her into twelve pieces, limb by limb, and sent her throughout all 
the territory of Israel. ” This act shook up all of Israel. Read their response to seeing 
such a gruesome sight. (30) ” And so it was that all who saw it said, ” No such deed has 
been done or seen from the day that the children of Israel came up from the land of 
Egypt until this day. Consider it, confer, and speak up! ” Question is; Are you and I as 
men and women of God partaking of the Holy things of Yahweh and are torn between two loves? loves? For the Levite, it was his concubine which caused him not to go after the 
God he served and loved. He did not pray and ask for any help and directions 
during his time of crisis. What is even worse, he never repented before the Lord. In fact 
when the old man, who had taken him into his home asked him where he was going. He 
told him he was going to the house of the Lord. Read it for yourself from (11) ” Now 
I am going to the house of the LORD. But there is no one who will take me into his 
house. ” Pause for a moment take a deep breath in….. Breathe out! Now calmly 
think about this (me too) Are you torn between two loves? Who or what is it causing 
you not to hunger and thirst after Yahweh like you used to do? Not fasting before Him ? 
Not getting involved in Church Ministry anymore? Torn between two loves, not spending 
time in the secret place of His presence like you used to. Prayer? What about prayer, 
you may ask? Do you remember when you used to be in front of Him all night? Now 
most of the time you are slumbering in your bed and missing those vital appointments 
with Him! Men of Yahweh, you may not have a concubine (sweetheart), women of Yahweh, 
you may not be stepping out on your husbands. Yet I hear it resounding again, torn between 
two loves. You and I must take inventory daily of our lives, for God is very displeased ! 
What is it that is causing you to be torn between two loves? The alarm is ringing relentlessly. 
The watch towers all around the globe are being left unattended, the prayer warriors, and 
intercessors have fallen into a deep sleep. The gates of the cities are swinging wide open, 
and the gate keepers are nowhere to be found, and the enemy has crept in unawares reaking 
havoc all over the world! 
In conclusion. Let us not be like the Levite, who took matters into his own hands seeking  
revenge for the death of his concubine. Instead let us repent in godly sorrow and put to death 
carnality, the works of the flesh seeking Abba Father’s forgiveness and be true and faithful 

only to Him, never to be torn between two loves ever again! 

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