In those days there was no king in Israel;
What a mess! What decay and confusion when people have no moorings. I’m thinking about moorings because I’m in Abaco where I see boats moored everywhere. Beautiful! They are secured to an anchor to keep them from moving. See my picture from yesterday? Those are moored boats.
This chapter in Judges shows what a mess people make of their lives when they live their own way, when they have no anchor.
Mac Donald has a good synopsis of this chapter.
The word to describe the state of affairs in this chapter is "confusion": Stolen money is used for idols, and the Lord is invoked to bless the thief (v. 2); individual shrines replace worship at the tabernacle; Levites and common people are consecrated as priests; idols are used in the worship of Jehovah. And Micah supposed the Lord would bless him in all of this (v. 13)! This confusion stemmed from the heart of man (v. 6). If the law of God had been observed at this time in Israel, none of these things would have happened. "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death" (Pro_14:12), as we shall see in the next chapter.
Did I already say "what a mess!?" We are living in a day when everyone is doing right in their own eyes. Even Christians! Lives with no moorings are restless and sad and confused. But we can be moored! We do have an anchor. How do we know right and wrong? God’s word! It doesn’t matter what your culture says. You will stand before God one day.
Enjoy your moorings! Read your Bible daily! Obey!
Take a stand with God. Live a moored life.
Look at my boats again. Peace. Even with the storm coming. Such is a moored life.
Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!