The final line of the book of Judges tells us all we need to know to understand the disturbing stories found throughout the book of Judges, but especially in these last 5 chapters,
“In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” -Judges 21:25
The truth about humanity is also revealed in this last verse of Judges, if we choose to do “what is right in our own eyes” not in God’s eyes, but in our own we will end-up in absolute moral decay.
Even in the first two chapters in the story of Micah with his idols, the Levite Priest, then the Danites that people can even say they are doing things in the name of the Lord, there can be religious trappings, or the semblance of worshiping God but that just because this is the case does not mean that God is truly being honored. In fact in verse 6 of chapter 17 we see the exact same sentence as we see at the end of the book of Judges,
“every man did what was right in his own eyes.”
Even as supposed worship of God is going on with a true “Levite” really it is that which goes according to man’s will and not according to God’s.
In the last days this will take place once again. There will be worship, supposedly even true worship (Revelation13), but ultimately it will be humanity,
“doing what is right in their own eyes.”
Judges gives us a glimpse of what truly happens when we do what is right in our own eyes.
May we each one surrender our wills to Jesus right now…today…so that we will not be fooled by the false worship in the last days and so that we will not be fooled into worshiping our ways and what humanity says is right.
Tomorrow’s Reading: Psalm 24-26