Self-Serving Saints and the Substitute Faith
The Story of Judges 17-18
Starring: Mike the Rich Kid, Jon the Preacher, and Dan the Cowardly Bully
Rev. Steven D. Griffing - International Worship Symposium
The book of Judges covers the 350 year period in Israel's history between the death of Joshua, who had led them into Canaan, and the emergence of a unified Hebrew kingdom, eventually ruled by David. It describes a period of political and spiritual instability summarized by the book's final verse; "In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes." (ch. 21:25) These exact words also appear as a quasi-preamble to our story (vs. 6), emphasizing that during this era humanistic self-determination guided the people of God, instead of the absolute, God-ordained authority of a king. Thus, the book of Judges stands as a perpetual indictment against any value system that places the convenience of personal relativism above the absolute principles of Divine law.