Everyone is doing it!
Today’s reading:Judges 14:1-17:13
My selection: Judges 17:6:
In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
My reflections: The theme of the day in the period of the Judges was “everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Samson, though called to be a judge, was a prime example of political leadership corrupted by evil. The Ephraim family in Ch. 17 was another example of religious corruption as they set up their own personal temple and priest in their own home rather than obey the law of God.
Enlightenment thinking laid the foundation for people doing what seems to be self-evidently right and true. There may have been a time when there was some consensus based on a Christian legacy in western civilization that vaguely reflected the Bible. That is certainly not the case now and has not been for many years. Who is to say what is self-evidently right and true?
Ancient Israel had the law of God but they did not know it or heed it. The problems they encountered were many. The modern church has the law of God. Do we know it? Do we heed it?
My challenge: Pray today that God would revive His Church and turn His people to a fervent passion for obedience. It would change our world.
Tomorrow’s reading: Judges 18:1-19:30