May 3

Good morning!
Text:  Judges 19-21; Proverbs 19:15-29
Judges finishes with a story line that is difficult for us to read.  There is the story of the fellow whose concubine is raped and killed by the dangerous crowd of men.  Then he cuts her body into twelve pieces. And there is the story of two events of capturing young women to make them become wives for the Benjamites who survived intertribal war.  It all seems so awful.  Why is it even in the Bible?  The last verse of Judges tells us the whole point of this tumultuous book –
 In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
So why these stories?  First of all, people who are making up their own rules end up doing awful things.  When we make judgments based upon what is right in our own eyes, watch out!  The right things only come when we make our way guided by the Word of God.  The historical books that follow Judges in the Old Testament will lead to King David – who points towards King Jesus. The second reason for these stories is to show us that we need leadership.  But – here’s the catch – it must be perfect and godly leadership.  King Jesus is the only one who makes that cut.
in Him,  Mike