No King, No Rules

In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

Judges 17:6 and 21:25

To me, the book of Judges is a sad book.  God had given the Israelites the Promised Land and had driven out their enemies.  And yet they still continued to rebel against Him and they continued to worship Baal and other false gods.  The great leaders Moses and Joshua were gone and the nation of Israel had degenerated into a cycle of 1. Worship other gods.  2. Bring judgment on themselves.  3. Cry to God for deliverance.  4. Be delivered.  5. Return to worshipping other gods.  6. Repeat the cycle.  The Israelites would cry out to God in their distress and He would send a judge to judge them. 

As I was reading through the book of Judges the other day, I noticed that the exact same verse was repeated in chapter 17 verse 6 and chapter 21 verse 25. “In those days, there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes”.  When the Bible repeats a verse, it is wise to pay attention to what it is saying.  Basically, this verse tells us that there was no king in Israel and so the people pretty much did whatever they wanted. 

God was supposed to be their king, but they had rejected Him.   Anytime we have no “king” in our lives, we tend to do whatever we want.  When we do not submit to God’s authority, it opens the floodgates of sin.  We know what happened when the Jews rejected their King by saying “we have no king but Caesar”.  It is no different when we reject Him.  When we are in submission to our King, we are not going to do “that which is right in our own eyes”.  We are going to do the King’s service.  The question to ask ourselves is this: are we doing that which is right in our own eyes or are we submitting to the King?.  Food for thought.

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