These three chapters have always really confused me in the Bible. I’ve left reading them with my head puzzled more than once. And well, since we read them in the Chi Alpha Bookmark plan today, I thought I would say a few things about them that have helped me over the years.
- “Sometimes you’re doing to do everything right and still get pounded.” I’ll never forget Dick Brogden saying this at SICM a couple of years ago. Yes, that’s what happens sometimes. The Christian life isn’t always easy and sometimes you get pounded. That’s what happens to the Israelites when they go up to attack the Benjamites. They were doing the right thing in avenging the wrong. But, they still got pounded and that’s how it goes sometimes.
- The last verse of Judges, Verse 25. “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit.” This is what was happening here. Everyone was doing as they saw fit. Everyone did as they wished. And it was chaos. We can read the text and scream about what we read and wonder why it’s all happening. It’s because Israel forsook her true King, YHWH, and was doing as everyone saw fit. The narrator is not telling us that YHWH wanted these things to happen or that YHWH willed them to happen. The narrator is communicating that everyone was doing as they saw fit and it was chaos.
Hopefully, those thoughts help you as much as they have helped me over the years. Anything else you would add that has helped?