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

21:25 right in his own eyes. This tragic indictment, first lodged at Judges 17:6, is repeated in this final verse of the book. In between, in Judges 17–21, is found the most appalling description of moral and spiritual chaos that one can encounter anywhere. Yet these people were the chosen people of God, and were no more than one generation away from Joshua and “the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the LORD, that He did for Israel” (Judges 2:7). Their fathers had served the Lord during that period, but then “there arose another generation after them” who “did evil in the sight of the LORD, and served Baalim” (Judges 2:10,11). It is highly probable that it was during this generation that the tragic events of Judges 17–21 took place (see notes on Judges 18:1 and 20:28). When the younger generation forsakes the faith of their fathers and begins to compromise with the pantheistic cultures of their ungodly neighbors, it may not be long before they descend into utter wickedness (see Romans 1:21-32). Almost the same thing is happening to the current generation in America and other “Christian” nations today.

 


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