In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
This past fall me and a couple friends were eating dinner talking about the upcoming Big Ten and SEC championship football games that were happening that night. We jokingly talked about how expensive tickets would cost. Out of curiosity we looked up the prices and found out tickets were only 7 dollars! We made the impromptu 2 hour trip to Indianapolis and got to watch a great football game. After the game somehow we got separated and ended up lost at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indy. We spent about 15-20 minutes wandering in circles around the stadium just trying to find each other. Once we found each other we were so disoriented we had no clue which direction our car was. One by one our phones began to die each guy taking a guess at what direction to go as we wandered in circles. No one person led. Each of us kept saying which direction “looked right”, and we kept getting further and further away from the car until we eventually put the address of the car into a phone GPS. In the book of Judges, the nation of Israel makes countless mistakes. As the book progresses the nation spins further and further in a downward spiral of sin and ungodliness. The Israelites had no human king, but they had also abandoned following their ultimate king: God. God is meant to be our king, and if our life has no leader, no king, we won’t be able to figure out what direction we should be moving.