The book of Judges ends with these words:
“In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 21:25)
When we read through the book of Judges we see that it is a terrible and wicked time in Israel. Evil is everywhere and no one is doing what God says. Violence, rape, murder, and the like are going on throughout these dark times. During this time God would raise up a judge when the people would cry out to God for help. The judge was a local military leader who would push back the invading army. But this was not a long term solution for the nation. You will notice that the long term solution is also described in this last sentence of the book. “There was no king in Israel.” This is also stated in Judges 17:6, 18:1, and 19:1. The picture that is overhanging the book of Judges as we move into 1 Samuel is that we need a king in Israel to turn the tide from everyone doing what is right in their eyes. It is with this backdrop of the wickedness of these days of judges that the book of 1 Samuel opens.
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