Holy Bible Spiritual Warfare

There Was No King in Israel

The Book of Judges might just be the hardest book of the bible for me to read.  It’s hard to stomach.  So often in Judges, we read “the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD.”  As I was reading, I felt my frustration increase and ask God over and over again “why, God? I don’t understand.  Why did all this happen?”  And right at the end of the book, the Lord answers the question:

In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit. (Judges 21:25)

And with that sentence, the Book of Judges ends. The sad truth is that people forsook God and the result was an increase of wickedness. They rejected God as King over Israel and demanded to be like the other nations, who did not know God.  It is startling how similar this sounds to our world today. We like to play king in our ‘do whatever you want’ culture. We live in a society which has overwhelmingly rejected God.  God is disobeyed, mocked and hated.  Although, let’s keep in mind, this is only a temporary situation that God has allowed as the bible tells us that:

 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. (Galatians 6:7-8)

I believe that every time the bible says “do not be deceived” we should zoom in on it, highlight, underline, whatever.  It is almost as if God is saying that what He is about to tell us now will be displeasing for most to hear and many will not believe it but don’t let yourself be deceived, because this is the certain truth.  Though God is temporarily disobeyed and sinned against, He will not allow this to continue.  We read in Psalm 110, God the Father saying to Jesus, God the Son:

The LORD says to my Lord
‘Sit at my right hand
Until I make your enemies
A footstool for your feet.’  (Psalm 110:1)
God is the holy and righteous King.  He will not allow for his Name to be profaned and blasphemed. He is, in his love and grace, patient and willing to forgive anyone who repents and turns to Him but there will come a day when this offer will no longer stand. Let’s not delude ourselves, like the Israelites did in Judges by rejecting God, the everlasting King.

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