The Final Word

Jeff Munroe

READ : Judges 21:25

Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. (v. 25)

I would define the prevailing moral ethos of our current cultural moment as: “No one else can decide right and wrong for you.” How different is that from “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes”? In reality, Judges 21:25 is the best one-sentence definition of sin ever written.

Israel lost its way. The nation’s unity was tenuous, especially without a king or central government. Kings would come later, but Old Testament history shows that they didn’t solve Israel’s problems, either. A new covenant with God was needed, made through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

And so, we come to the end of the Book of Judges. We have wondered about this book, because it may well be the most difficult and disturbing book in the entire Bible. A central theme from Judges is clear: it is difficult for God’s people to know how to relate to the surrounding culture. Israel was almost assimilated into the other nations around it. Likewise, a church that submits entirely to its surrounding culture is lost. The church should always be at odds with the culture. How to do that is complicated. Incredible amounts of wisdom, compassion, and discernment are needed. The church’s one-step-forward, two-steps-back struggles parallel those found on the pages of Judges. Through it all, God keeps working, and more than that, relentlessly loves his wayward creation. His love never stops.

PRAYER

Lord, thanks for the difficult message of Judges.