1 SamuelThis stuff is weird and wonderful. How about the story of the man and his concubine in Gibeah (Judges). It is almost exactly the same as the story of Lot in Sodom, who offers his daughters instead of the Angels for the townsmen to rape?
And what of Samson eating the honey from the carcass of the lion? Wouldn't the honey be rendered impure if it was touching a corpse?
It seems that this was a time of lawlessness. The Israelites are worshipping the local gods. They are creating cast images and are ignoring the Mosaic laws... It is like this back and forth wrangling with God.
I feel like that too, sometimes. Wrangling with God. Wanting to ignore Him. Wanting to do things MY way.
But unlike the Israelites, I don't ever get a sense of being 'smited'. (Smote? Smitten? LOL... I am smitten! )
Instead, I get love and patience and tenderness. Or emptyness sometimes. Which is probably worse than punishment. But it doesn't seem to be connected to anything I am or am not doing.