Today's Scripture Reading: Judges 21:25
The book of Judges can be summed up in one verse. Judges 21:25 says, "In those days, there was no King in Israel and everyone did what was right in his own eyes”. In the book of Judges, we see this cyclical theme: Israel rebels against God, God gives Israel into the hands of their enemy nations, Israel repents, and God raises up a judge who leads Israel to victory over their enemies. This victory was only temporary because after the judges died, Israel fell back into rebellion and idolatry.
These judges had two purposes: saving Israel from their enemies and pointing to a future king that God would send to his people. They pointed to Jesus Christ. These judges could protect Israel from their enemy but they could not change Israel’s hearts.
Only Christ can save his people and change their hearts. The victories of the judges were only temporary because they all died. When they died their victory died with them, but Christ’s victory on the cross will never die because He is alive. Like these judges, Christ died, but unlike these judges, He didn't stay dead; He rose from the grave and is seated at the right hand of the Father and reigns as King. Because Jesus reigns as king, we shall no longer do what is right in our own eyes but commit ourselves, through His Word, by the Holy Spirit, to do what is right in the eyes of the Lord.