Israel appears to be falling apart and falling away from the teaching of God. Micah makes and worships idols, the tribe of Dan steals the idols to worship. Looks like the entire tribe of Dan has fallen away from God. (17:1-18:31)
The story of The Levite and His Concubine disturbs me everytime I read it, however this time I was able to get past the horrible act that happened to a woman, and see the significance of the story.
Starting with the Levites were priests, and weren’t even supposed to have concubines. The story shows just how far from God’s teaching the Israelites had fallen.
And how the tribe of Benjamin got their wives is just so horrendous! So much evil God had to sift through to keep his people unified. It’s grotesque, and yet he loved/loves them after all they had done.
Last verse in Judges…
In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes. – 21:25
They had no king. They had stopped following Moses’ teachings. They were influenced by people they didn’t push out of the land, and followed their evil ways. It does not look good for the 12 tribes of Israel.