Okay, this may not be as devotional in nature but I couldn’t resist writing about it. This scene in Judges depicts an accent as the key to revealing where a person is from. It does point to the authenticity of the story as it is so unusual. No one would think to make this stuff up.
And the Gileadites captured the fords of the Jordan against the Ephraimites. And when any of the fugitives of Ephraim said, “Let me go over,” the men of Gilead said to him, “Are you an Ephraimite?” When he said, “No,” they said to him, “Then say Shibboleth,” and he said, “Sibboleth,” for he could not pronounce it right. Then they seized him and slaughtered him at the fords of the Jordan. At that time 42,000 of the Ephraimites fell. (Judges 12:5-6 ESV)
McCheyne’s Bible Reading Plan: Jg 12, Acts 16, Jer 25, Mk 11