Judges 19-21; John 2

Judges 21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what the thought was best.

This is the last line of the Book of Judges – an echo of Judges 17:6 – and a startlingly ironic one in light of Judges 19-21, which are simply a picture of disaster and chaos in Israel.  These chapters depict the outrage of Gibeah – reminiscent of what happened to Lot and his family in Sodom – and the resultant war between Benjamin and the other tribes.  It was devastating loss of life, pillage, rape, and ultimately bereavement and remorse.  I can believe the divinely-inspired author of Judges as he wrote that last line thought but didn’t write “…and how is that working for you?”  And how is that working for us today, as many say “I don’t need the Church’s rules, I’m a good person and I do what I think is best.”  What in human nature has changed really?  Modern people will wrinkle their noses at the “barbaric” behavior of ancient peoples, such as burning down a city and “putting everyone to the sword”, including children.  But I saw a picture last week of a small body covered with a blanket in the streets of Nice, with a stuffed toy beside it.  A tiny hand protruded, not quite covered by the blanket.  Truly, what has changed?  How are we smarter or better thousands of years later?

GOD’S ANSWER:  If My Son is not the King of your life, that is not a good place to be.

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One Comment on “Judges 19-21; John 2”

  1. Desiray Says:

    And for the most part people pretty much now are still doing what they want to. Giving no regards to God and His word


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