April 26 “Broken bones & the Good Shepherd”

The Good Shepherd sometimes allows the “broken bones” of trials and hardships to keep us from running away from Him.

Good Shepherd

Today’s Readings:
Judges 17-19
Psalm 51.7-11
Proverbs 14.33-35
Luke 18.24-43

Judges 17-19:

“Everyone did what was right in his own eyes”

Verse 17.6, “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” This is the theme of the book of Judges and the stories it contains gives a graphic illustration of the moral condition of the nation as a result.

First we meet Micah, a man who steals from his own mother, and his mother, who doesn’t appear to take her son’s behavior very seriously. Instead, she takes the money he returns and makes idols for him to set up his own personal shrine, ignoring the fact that the people were to worship in Shiloh at this time.

Next we meet a corrupt priest, a man looking out for what was good for him, not what God had called him to or what was right. He allowed himself to be hired out as Micah’s personal priest, and then left when he was offered a better deal.

Then there is the sad story of another priest and his concubine. First we see the horrible moral condition of the people in the city where he lodges on his way home. Just like the men of Sodom, these men attempt to rape this male visitor to their city. And like in Sodom, the victims attempt to pacify them by offering them a young virgin girl and the priest’s concubine. As John MacArthur says in his notes, “This is unthinkable weakness and cowardice …” But when a society heads down that moral spiral, it’s often the women who suffer the most. Continue reading