by Jerry Vines

Judges 20-21
Jerry Vines

The book of Judges divides itself into three main divisions. The opening chapters - the first two
- have to do with Israel's compromise. Chapters 3-16 give us Israel's conquerors. Chapters 17-21
give us Israel's collapse.
The book of Judges is the account which God has given to us in the Word of what happens
when the people of God compromise with the culture around them. Israel compromised with
Canaanite culture. God had sent them into the land of Canaan not to be changed by the Canaanites but
rather to change them. They compromised, they shifted in their allegiance. God sent them a series of
judges to try to bring them back and call them to repentance and deliver them from their enemies. In
Chapters 17-21 we have the final collapse and we see the total capitulation of the Children of Israel as
they allow the Canaanite culture around them to totally change them and make them less than the
people of God.
Chapter 17, very early in the chapter, begins by giving us the theme of the entire book of
Judges. In verse 6 of chapter 17 it says these words, "In those days there was no king in Israel. But
every man did that which was right in his own eyes." When you come to the conclusion of Judges - the
21st chapter and the last verse you will find the identical statement again made. "There was no king in
Israel. Every man did that which was right in his own eyes." This tells us that what took place in the
land of Israel, among the people of Israel, that instead of being a God-centered people they became a
man-centered people. They substituted human reason for divine revelation. That is exactly the essence
of what humanism is. Humanism is the idea that man is the solution for all of his problems. That man by
means of his own reasoning power, by his own intellec ...

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