Today’s Scripture Reading: Judges 19:1 through Judges 21:25
If today’s reading was set to a movie I would not have watched it! Just ask my hubby, if there’s blood, my head is under the blanket! There were several times I was actually speaking to my Bible and saying, “you have got to be kidding me?”
But the last sentence explained everything:
In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes. –Judges 21:25
I think the folks from the tribe of Benjamin, all the Israelites for that matter, were having problems with their world view. My paraphrase of a biblical world view is filtering every decision we make large and small through the principles in the Word of God.
In today’s culture and even in today’s church we are proud to say that we live in a country that anyone can do whatever seems right in their own eyes…
I looked up the word “right” in two dictionaries:
Merrium-Webster’s Online Dictionary: qualities (as adherence to duty or obedience to lawful authority) that together constitute the ideal of moral propriety or merit moral approval.
Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary: In morals and religion, just; equitable; accordant to the standard of truth and justice or the will of God. That alone is right in the sight of God, which is consonant to his will or law; this being the only perfect standard of truth and justice. In social and political affairs, that is right which is consonant to the laws and customs of a country, provided these laws and customs are not repugnant to the laws of God. A man’s intentions may be right, though his actions may be wrong in consequence of a defect in judgment.
What a difference 185 years can make! Friends, once again I’m so glad we’re taking this journey! Reading through Word of God helps us to know what the standard of truth is and what is right in the eyes of God!
Father, I pray that You will be my King and my leader. Show me what’s right in Your eyes. I don’t want to do what “seems right” to me. Help me throw away the lie that “right is in the eye of the beholder”!
Jesus, you are my King of Glory!
©2013, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Ruth 1:1 through Ruth 4:12