When there is no king


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Judges 19 - 21

The Lord had intended to be Israel’s king, to lead them and rule over them with justice and grace but they refused to have Him as king. Very soon after Israel was taken out of Egypt with a mighty hand, the people forgot God and turned to idols in worship. This life style brought the worst out of them. This passage is a sad example of that. Again the Bible is dead honest when it comes to the horrible sin the people of Benjamin commit before the Lord. This passage starts and ends with an expression that has the purpose of setting the scene: “In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.” 

The passage we read tells us the story of a Levite and his wife. Here is the story in his own words: “My concubine and I came to spend the night in Gibeah, a town that belongs to the people of Benjamin. That night some of the leading citizens of Gibeah surrounded the house, planning to kill me, and they raped my concubine until she was dead. So i cut her into pieces and sent the pieces throughout the territory assigned to Israel, for these men committed a terrible and shameful crime. Now then, all of you – the entire community of Israel – must decide here and now what should be done about this.” 

No such sin has ever been heard of since Israel left Egypt. They way it happened seems very similar to things done on Sodom and Gomorrah when the angels came to take Lot our of the place for the judgement of God was to fall upon such pagan people. And yet we see such terrible sin being committed by the leading citizens of a town belonging to the tribe of Benjamin. The crime was punished and men, women and children suffered the consequences of their own sin.

Here is what I learn from this sad story: when there is no king in Israel people are capable of hideous and terrible sins. When Christ is not king in our lives no wonder we sin and commit awful crimes against God and other people. Our nature in inclined to sin and only Christ ruling over us can change and subdue that awful and sinful nature. We must submit to Christ, we must crucify the flesh, we must die to self and put on Jesus. When Jesus is king, He rules with justice and grace and He demands obedience.

“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” – 2 Corinthians 5: 17

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