The Gileadites captured the fords of the Jordan leading to Ephraim, and whenever a survivor of Ephraim said, “Let me cross over,” the men of Gilead asked him, “Are you an Ephraimite?” If he replied, “No,” they said, “All right, say ‘Shibboleth.’” If he said, “Sibboleth,” because he could not pronounce the word correctly, they seized him and killed him at the fords of the Jordan. Forty-two thousand Ephraimites were killed at that time. Judges 12:5-6
The book of judges is loaded with crazy. That’s sort of the whole point. We’re supposed to be seeing how wild things can get when the people stop following God. Everyone did as they saw fit to do because very few were honoring God.
Potato, potato, tomato, tomato…if you lived during the time of judges you’d have to think carefully because your answer could bring a sword down on your head.
I guess we still do that today.
Bloods and Crips, donkeys and elephants, smokers and non-smokers, fat and thin, black and white, Christianity and Islam, husband and wife…when our side has the power do we draw a line and say “none shall pass” or do we reflect grace and peace?