Posted: January 16, 2019 by Ty in Brunch & Bible, Spirituality
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Judges closes in all the chaos it opened in (Judges 17-21). That is where one has to pause for a moment, exhale, and seriously let the words of these stories sink in. We have people purchasing salvation by buying priests/Levites; we have a crazy murdered hacking up a woman, and a war brewing. The bridge piece in chapter 19, verse 1 is simply, Israel did not have a king. Say what? It is tossed in as this deflect the blame comment that they had no control because they were not like other nations.

What is seen at a deeper hearing level beyond the violence? Dysfunctional family dynamics theory. I mean all these nations are sprung from shared ancestors of Israel. We also note high levels of misogyny, rape, and murder. It is a spiraling tale of inter-generational trauma and outcomes. This behaviour has been normalized. It has been normalized back to the days of slavery in Egypt when this is how they were treated as property. The wandering in the Desert was to be a time of healing and purging this from their community. What happened though, was it became normative, and is carried through into the cycle of the stories of Judges. There is relapse into the darkness and violence of what is normal, a fear of moving into what they are meant to be in the Promised Land.

Ever had a journey through the darkness like this in your own life? Coming out of trauma, addiction, or violence? Trying to assert the new you, but it becomes so much easier to go back to what is comfortable no matter how horrible? It is the story of co-dependence, addiction and pain within the stories of Judges.

It is about the yearning to have what they do not. Not being content in their now, but looking to others and going oooh we want that. And yes, for Hebrew Bible readers you know in the books of Samuel that come next this yearning to be like others is answered with a king given them.But I digress.

The stories of Judges, and the cycle presented can be looked at anthropologically, sociologically, paleo-seti, theologically, psychologically, historically and/or allegorically. What should be coming to the surface is to value who you are, and what you have. Do not seek validation outside of yourself. It is also a warning that we are not to accept violence against our selves, and to know that we have intrinsic value.

At the core, these stories send a simple message, Love YOU.

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