The nation of Israel was far from being where they should be in relation to the Lord. Judges 19-21 reads like a study in how far we can drift away from God when we don’t have Him at the center of our lives. But as the nation addressed the rampant immorality in their brethren, God was determined to address the negligence and hypocrisy of their mission. Every defeat they suffered at the hands of their own brethren in a brutal civil war against the Benjamites brought them closer to humility and repentance. It’s important that we remember the words of Christ in Matthew 7:4-5 when he said, “…how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrites! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” When our plans to help save others from failure don’t include personal repentance for our own sins, they are doomed from the start. God isn’t obligated to settle for anything less than complete surrender, contrition and repentance from all those involved.
-Chris Rodriguez, Assistant Pastor