“In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” Judges 21:25 (KJV)
Please remember chapter 17 verse six; 18:1, and 19:1 as we look at the above verse. It seems the final five chapters of Judges shows very clearly what happens when there is no “king”; no rule of law, nor prophetic revelation from God heard, and heeded.
When people think they can rule themselves; especially without God, then there will be chaos in the end.
In a note from my daily journal I wrote of this verse,
Judges shows what happens when there is no rule; especially when they choose not to let God rule; but go their own way. It also shows that God is merciful and gracious, and provides a way for those who call on Him from a broken and contrite heart.
This story continues even into 1 Samuel. It is seen in Ruth 1 when Elimelech takes Naomi, and his two sons to Moab; and there Elimelech and his two sons die. O the sorrow we place on our families because we go our own way, doing what is right in our own eyes.
BUT, we have a Saviour, and His name is Jesus.