Judges 17-21 (The Daily Walk Bible).

Why does Israel end up with a king? The book of Judges answers that question. The ESV Study Bible indicates that Judges 17-21 is showing us the exceptional depravity of the nation: “The book of Judges closes with two sections characterized by the statements, ‘In those days there was no king in Israel’ (17:6; 18:1; 19:1; 21:25) and, ‘everyone did what was right in his own eyes’ (17:6; 21:25). Whereas chs. 2–16 describe external threats to Israel, chs. 17–21 describe internal threats to religious worship and tribal unity. The most sordid and tragic stories in the book are found here, for the ultimate depths of Israel’s apostasy have now been reached. The message is that if Israel had had a godly king functioning as a king should (Deut. 17:18–20), things would have been better.”

Deuteronomy 17:18-20 shows us that God was going to allow a king for Israel, and gives some important guidelines for that king: “Also it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, from the one before the priests, the Levites. And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes, that his heart may not be lifted above his brethren, that he may not turn aside from the commandment to the right hand or to the left, and that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he and his children in the midst of Israel.”

Certainly we could/should apply these verses to ourselves, but how different do you think things might be if our elected officials were willing to try to govern in adherence to God’s Word?

I came across this chart that gives a reasonable summation of the book of Judges.


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