In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes. (Judges 17:6 ESV)
The events in Judges get worse and worse as the book progresses. These chapters tell about the tragedy of Samson with Delilah and how he “killed more people in his death than in his life.” then they tell the story of a man who creates a metal image and household gods, and hires a traveling Levite to be his family’s personal priest. As you read you have to ask, where is someone to lead them and teach them the Word of God? In those days they had no king and so right was individually defined. Sounds like today, does it not? Truth has been corralled to the personal rather than public sphere. No one has any right to impose their view of truth on another. At least that is the commonly accepted position of our society. But chaos reigns without a “king” to override everyone’s personal view of truth. There must be truth that has the last word and that can only come from a king, that is, someone to whom we fully submit ourselves.
So, who is your king? What are the implications of that in terms of who you follow and obey?
Chronological Reading Plan plus Psalms: Jd 16-18, Ps 95