everyone did as they saw fit…

They were their own governor, and what they did they said was right; and, by their cunning and strength, defended their conduct. When a person’s own will, passions, and caprice, are to be made the rule of law, society is in a most perilous and ruinous state. Civil government is of God; and without it the earth must soon be desolated. There was a time when there was no king in England; and that was, in general, a time of scandal to religion, and oppression to men (check this out this interesting fact – the only time when there was no King or Queen in England was when the country was a republic between 1649 and 1660.  In 1649 King Charles I was executed and England became a Republic for eleven years. The monarchy was restored in 1660.)

There was no one to call anyone to account. No punishment followed any crime.

Here is an excellent story that really explains how this works today – check out this link.


Everyone did as they saw fit basically means that every person did what evil he liked.

Our Daily Bread had a comment on this entitled, Confusion –

WHAT confusion! Never had I seen anything like it. On the road from the Leonardo da Vinci Airport to downtown Rome was an intersection where a host of cars had converged from every direction. Each driver was inching forward. Horns were blaring. Passions were flaring. No stop lights or traffic cops were there to bring order to this chaos of cars. A first-come-first­ through principle prevailed. But there was one positive note: no one was breaking the law—there was no law!

Something like that marked the time of the judges. God’s peo­ple did what was right in their own eyes. And what a bitter price they paid for such freedom. The book of Judges is a sad tale of repeated waywardness requiring God to use oppression by their heathen neighbors to bring them back to their senses.

Still today, professing Christians ignore God’s clear revelation of Himself in His Word. They form their own ideas of what God is like and what He expects. Strongly influenced by humanistic thinking, they live at the center of their own little world. Though claiming to be people of God, they actually walk in their own ways. And it creates moral and spiritual confusion.

When we take God’s Word seriously and live by it, we will show the world the value of doing what God says is right. —D J De Haan (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved)


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