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The Need for a King View video
Judges 21:16 - 21:25
16. And the elders of the assembly said, "With the women of Benjamin destroyed, how shall we provide wives for the men who are left?
17. The Benjamite survivors must have heirs," they said, "so that a tribe of Israel will not be wiped out.
18. We can't give them our daughters as wives, since we Israelites have taken this oath: 'Cursed be anyone who gives a wife to a Benjamite.'
19. But look, there is the annual festival of the LORD in Shiloh, to the north of Bethel, and east of the road that goes from Bethel to Shechem, and to the south of Lebonah."
20. So they instructed the Benjamites, saying, "Go and hide in the vineyards
21. and watch. When the girls of Shiloh come out to join in the dancing, then rush from the vineyards and each of you seize a wife from the girls of Shiloh and go to the land of Benjamin.
22. When their fathers or brothers complain to us, we will say to them, 'Do us a kindness by helping them, because we did not get wives for them during the war, and you are innocent, since you did not give your daughters to them.' "
23. So that is what the Benjamites did. While the girls were dancing, each man caught one and carried her off to be his wife. Then they returned to their inheritance and rebuilt the towns and settled in them.
24. At that time the Israelites left that place and went home to their tribes and clans, each to his own inheritance.
25. In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.
Preservation and Perseverance (21:16–22)
The people of Israel continue to worry about Benjamin’s survival because of a lack of wives for the remaining men. While the Israelites had vowed not to give their daughters to the Benjamites, there was nothing that said brides could not be seized. So, a plan was hatched for the remaining Benjamite men to snatch women from Shiloh. Despite this being a morally depraved plan, the tribe indeed survives. God’s extreme grace upon Israel should make us marvel at His sovereignty and patience. Despite man-made problems and imperfect human solutions, God’s ongoing narrative of salvation perseveres even in the midst of Israel’s moral corruption. We should take courage that no matter how bad the situation may seem, God is always working to complete His story of grace.

A King is Coming (21:23–25)
Business is finally over and everyone goes back home, settling back into their daily routine. The author of Judges makes it clear that while all may seem well on the outside for now, the internal issue remains: Israel has no king and no one looks to God for guidance. This is a grave conclusion that leads to a deeper question: who is truly worthy to lead God’s people? We know from Scripture that God soon provides a succession of human kings—including David, who foreshadows Israel’s one true King. Even in our days, we still await the final reign of King Jesus. So, let us not be like the Israelites who went their own way, but let us follow Him faithfully as we wait.
- How have you experienced God’s grace in the midst of deep regret? What situation seemingly without issue are you entrusting to God’s sovereign care?

- What is your natural tendency when God seems to be taking too long to fulfill His plans? Where and how do you look for guidance when life feels routine?
A Letter to God
King of glory, Your mercy has given me an opportunity to live life anew. Though I was, am, and will be undeserving of such kindness, You called me out of darkness nevertheless. What else can I say today but thank you? Thank you, Jesus. In Your name, amen.
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