“In those days there was no sovereign in Yisrael – everyone did what was right in their own eyes.” Judges/Shophetim 21;25 (ISR)
The reason for the statement is that Israel rejected Yahweh as their King. They no longer were governed by the Instruction of the Creator. They stopped their ears to His Voice and begin to listen to their own voice. The result is they were left to do what they thought was right, according to their own vain imaginations.
The problem in Israel was from the top down. The priests, who were supposed to teach and uphold the Instruction/Torah of Yahweh, also rejected Yahweh. Remember that we are told, “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”
The leadership, ordained by Yahweh, rejected the One who ordained them into office, and as they did, so did the people, and it affected the entire nation. Today the pastors, teachers, and leaders of the professing church, by and large, corporately, has done just as Israel did. And we see a world that is given to relativism based on what is right in man’s eyes, not on the Truth of the Instruction of Yahweh. Men compare themselves to other men. Nations are governed by men who start wars and kill their own citizens. They look to themselves and see what they want, based on a value system apart from the Creator’s Instruction, so they will do whatever it takes to get it.
Listen to what Ya’aqob/James, the half brother of Yashua/Jesus wrote:
“Where do fightings and strivings come from among you? Do they not come from your pleasures that battle in your members? You desire, and do not have. You murder, and are jealous, and are unable to obtain. You strive and fight., and you do not possess, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask evilly, in order to spend it on your pleasures. Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with Elohim? Whoever therefore intends to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of Elohim.” -Ya’aqob/James 4:1-4
Wars between nations and factions, quarrels and fights in churches, between denominations, and in families are the result of what Ya’aqob wrote, and is exactly what was happening in the Book of Judges.
Scripture tells us that judgement begins in the House of Yahweh. Hosea weighs in on this, when he prophesies:
“Hear the word of יהוה, you children of Yisra’ĕl, for יהוה has a case against the inhabitants of the land: “For there is no truth or kindness or knowledge of Elohim in the land.
Hear the word of יהוה, you children of Yisra’ĕl, for יהוה has a case against the inhabitants of the land: “For there is no truth or kindness or knowledge of Elohim in the land. Swearing, and lying, and murdering, and stealing, and committing adultery have increased. And bloodshed follows bloodshed.
Therefore the land mourns, and everyone living there languishes, with the beasts of the field and the birds of the heavens. And the fish of the sea are taken away.
However, let no one strive or reprove another, for your people are like those striving with a priest. And you shall stumble in the day, and the prophet shall also stumble with you in the night. And I shall make your mother perish.
My people have perished for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being priest for Me. Since you have forgotten the Torah of your Elohim, I also forget your children. As they were increased, so they sinned against Me. My esteem they have changed into shame. They eat the sin of My people, and lift up their desire to their crookedness.
And it shall be: like people, like priest. And I shall punish them for their ways, and reward them for their deeds.” – Hosea/Hoshea 4:1-9
The priests, the prophets and the people all stumble together, because they have rejected the Truth and Knowledge of Elohim (Literally Mighty Ones, rendered incorrectly as God in the KJV and most other English translations). And notice the result; “Swearing, and lying, and murdering, and stealing, and committing adultery have increased. And bloodshed follows bloodshed.” Rejecting the Sovereignty of Yahweh, by rejecting His Instruction/Commandments, results in people making it up as they go – doing what is right in their own eyes. And since no two people see eye to eye on anything, in and of themselves, we have war, between nations, factions, professing churches and denominations, and families.
Today men, and women, in the professing body of Messiah self-define Elohim. They have given Him names that are not His Name, and they have ascribed attributes to Him that are inaccurate. The knowledge of Elohim, and His Truth are lost in a confused mess of man’s private interpretation. It is very much like we read in Scripture, where they people constructed their own household idols. These idols have no power to save, to empower anyone to live in peace. Quite the opposite, they are constructs inspired by Satan to kill and destroy. And as the church goes, so goes the world. The professing church has lost her authority to rebuke and reprove because they have rejected the source of their authority – His Instruction.
The Apostle Paul/Shaul writes about this.
“And I, Sha’ul, myself appeal to you, through the meekness and gentleness of Messiah – I who am indeed lowly when face to face with you, but bold toward you when absent!
But I pray, that when I am present, I might not be bold with that bravery by which I think to be bold against some who reckon us as if we walked according to the flesh.
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not fight according to the flesh. For the weapons we fight with are not fleshly but mighty in Elohim for overthrowing strongholds, overthrowing reasonings and every high matter that exalts itself against the knowledge of Elohim, taking captive every thought to make it obedient to the Messiah…” -2nd Corinthians 10:1-5
The reasonings and high matters of man’s own doing what is right in his own eyes is what Paul/Shaul is talking about. It causes factions and division. But the unity is of the Set Apart Spirit, who speaks with One Voice. The Set Apart Spirit came to speak on what Messiah said, and Yahshua said that His teaching was not His own, but what the Father had taught. If the one you or I call Jesus, in our mind, and in our own eyes, taught that the Torah/Instructions of Elohim are done away with, then He is not the Messiah.
When Yahweh is rejected, then His Son Yahshua is rejected. They bear the same Name, Yah. The speak with One Voice, as does the Set Apart Spirit. The Set Apart Spirit only speaks according to the Torah of Yah. The Son only came speaking the Torah of Yah. And in Him is Salvation. Apart from Him is division, disunity, faux unity, lying, stealing, murder adultery, and all sorts of lawless behavior, to varying degrees, based on what is right in the eyes of a particular group of men and women.
May we prove we are children of Elohim by taking our every thought and holding those thoughts accountable to the Truth of His Instructions, given in Scripture. May we weigh every word we speak, and every word we hear, from family, friends, church leaders, pastors, politicians, even entertainers, on the scale, against what Yah has said in His Torah/Instructions. And may we be people willing to hear and obey, in Yahshua. And as a result we have a real unity in the Set Apart Spirit, resulting in peace, and no more bloodshed. It will happen! Not on this earth as she stands today, but in the renewed earth. Read the back of the book, and then go to the front for context, and read through. WE ARE ALL GUILTY! WE MUST ALL REPENT! But, sadly, according to Yahshua, most won’t. He said that the gate to the kingdom is narrow and difficult and few will find it. Listen to what He says:
“Enter in through the narrow gate! Because the gate is wide – and the way is broad – that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter in through it. Because the gate is narrow and the way is hard pressed which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Or the way is afflicted.
But beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are savage wolves. By their fruits you shall know them. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes or figs from thistles? So every good tree yields good fruit, but a rotten tree yields wicked fruit.
A good tree is unable to yield wicked fruit, and a rotten tree to yield good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
So then, by their fruits you shall know them – Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Master, Master,’ shall enter into the reign of the heavens, but he who is doing the desire of My Father in the heavens. Many shall say to Me in that day, ‘Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and done many mighty works in Your Name? And then I shall declare to them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you who work lawlessness!’
Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does them, shall be like a wise man who built his house on the rock, and the rain came down, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of Mine, and does not do them,1 shall be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand, and the rain came down, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat on that house, and it fell, and great was its fall.
And it came to be, when יהושע had ended these words, that the people were astonished at His teaching, for He was teaching them as one possessing authority, and not as the scribes.” – John 7:13-29
And the Father said, “This is my beloved Son, hear Him.” His is a Voice far different that the scribes at that time, and of this time, today, and of all time!