Atop the site of ancient Gibeah in Israel today stands the skeleton of a building. Although it marks the ambitions of a king who never occupied its halls, the structure reminds me of a deeper emptiness.
In 1964 King Hussein of Jordan began constructing a palace on the site of ancient Gibeah. The Six-Day War in 1967 put a permanent halt to the construction. All that remains today are the empty ruins of his intentions.
When we read the book of Judges, repeatedly the book notes Israel had no king in those days (Judges 18:1; 19:1; 21:25). They had no one to model and impose a moral standard—and thus had none.
Like the skeleton that stands on Gibeah today, God’s people had the structure of God’s Law but it was empty in their lives.
Here’s how that emptiness needn’t be true of our lives today.
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