Kyle Shreve- Missionary to Peru

A horror story, really.
May 22, 2014, 9:44 am
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Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, it does. The book of Judges is full of borderline horrific stories, but ends with one that is just insane. It’s so rough, I feel bad even typing out all the details. But, if you don’t know the story, here’s the cleanest way I can describe it: A war is started against one of the 12 tribes of Israel because that tribe commits a heinous sexual crime. If you want more detail, you have to read it on your own.

The book ends in a very bleak and downtrodden manner:

“In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” 

What a horrible way to close out this book. It almost seems hopeless for the future! And really, spiritually speaking, it almost is. The things that happen to close out this book are awful, but they should not be shocking.

Anytime man departs from what is right in God’s eyes for what is right in his own eyes, there will be radical consequences. And remember, these are the Jews doing these things: God’s chosen people, not some cannibal cult in the jungle. But when anyone, no matter where they are from or who they are, does what is right in his own eyes, it is always a bad thing.

This is Romans 1-3 in action, folks, and it isn’t pretty.

So what can we learn from this? As a Christian, we should always stick with what God says is right. Period. We see here the consequences when we let our opinions guide us, but sticking with the Word is never a bad idea.