“In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit” (Judges 21:25).
During the time of the judges, the tribe of Benjamin had scoundrels that raped an Israelite woman who later died. They surround the house where the travelling couple were staying with the intent to have gang sex with her husband! However, the choice was made to toss the girl out the door to the dogs, so to speak.
Sound noble leadership in the current world is negligible. The Christian church is dwindling as the bible is not a standard-bearer for the majority. The gospel is not preached by leaders as it was in the days of Acts. It is often predominately promoting singular differences of doctrine in one church denomination over another. Christ is not heralded with vigour. The result: gender liberality, pornography, and disgusting misogyny abound.
The other tribes got together and attacked and decimated the tribe of Benjamin. The Israelites had sworn thereafter: “Cursed is he who gives a wife to a Benjamite.”
How low can a leadership stoop?
When there are no leaders who are walking in the covenant of the Lord, chaos ensues: “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit” (Judges 21:25).
Disdain for the honour of women continues
The Israelites later came up with a game plan that would sidestep the vow. Their gambit would eliminate any loving romantic relationship for many of the father’s unfortunate daughters.
The Benjamite men would be allowed to randomly sneak up and kidnap the Israelite daughters during the girls’ happy dancing at a festival. Why? So the Benjamite tribe would not shrink into oblivion, as there were few if any Benjamin women left after the war with the rest of Israel who attacked them for the sordid rape by the Benjamite gang. Here is their backsliding disrespect for the women:
“But look,” they said, “there is a yearly feast to the LORD in Shiloh, which is north of Bethel east of the road that goes up from Bethel to Shechem, and south of Lebonah.” So they [the Israelites] commanded the Benjamites: “Go, hide in the vineyards and watch. When you see the daughters of Shiloh come out to perform their dances, each of you is to come out of the vineyards, catch for himself a wife from the daughters of Shiloh, and go to the land of Benjamin. When their fathers or brothers come to us to complain, we will tell them, ‘Do us a favour by helping them, since we did not get wives for each of them in the war. You have no guilt since you did not actually give them your daughters. ” (Judges 21: 19-22)
Sad calculation by the leaders of Israel of their daughters’ value as children of the Lord: Since you did not actually give them your daughters, you have no guilt.
The Benjamites did as instructed and carried away the number of women they needed from the dancers they caught. They went back to their own inheritance, rebuilt their cities, and settled in them. Judges 21: 23