We have reached Judges 19, a terrifying and awful account of how bad things had gotten in Israel. D.A.Carson, in “For the Love of God, Vol 1” says “the law of the jungle has triumphed in the fledgling nation of Israel.”
Indeed, Judges 19: 1 says, “In those days, when there was no king in Israel….” David Guzik comments, “this doesn’t only mean that Israel had no one political monarch, but that they refused to recognize God’s leadership over them.
The passage grows more tragic and dark. Unfaithfulness, deceit, gang rape, murder…
Centuries later, this crime at Gibeah was remembered, and used as an example of wickedness:
They are deeply corrupted, as in the days of Gibeah . . . . O Israel, you have sinned from the days of Gibeah (Micah 9:9 and 10:9)
2 Timothy 3:1-3 tells us that these days will come(are these days here now?)
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good (2 Timothy 3:1-3)
Makes me very thankful for God’s grace, tough and tender grace!