The wickedness of a single tribe had caused severe damage to the entire nation of tribes. Judgment was clouded and corrective actions were violent and lopsided. Rash vows, violent solutions and great folly ruled.
In response to the grotesque method used in the call to action against a perverted army of human monsters, all Israel, except one town, rallied together to execute justice in a bloody war to win a hard victory.
A story so disgusting that it is painful to read. The behavior of the men in this chapter is inexcusable, their depravity leads to many pointless deaths. The casting away of God’s moral laws comes straight from hell.
The tribe of Dan could not subdue their land, so some looked elsewhere, stealing idols and a priest to bless them on the way. If gods can be stolen then they are not divine, yet lost souls still go after dud gods.
The book of Judges now breaks with the chronology, taking us back as far as the first chapter. Events to the book tell the story of a people disinterested in God’s commandments, and also of the evil they reaped for it.