DOING THAT WHICH IS RIGHT IN OUR OWN EYES
Judges 17:6; 21:25
By David J. Riggs
A. Our lesson at this time is suggested by a statement at the
close of he book of Judges, which suggests one of the root
causes of the spiritual destitution which was typical of that
1. The closing statement of the book is, "In those days there
was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in
his own eyes."
a. Chapter 17 mentions the idolatry of Micah, and how he
set up his own worship. Judges 17:5-6, 10-13
b. In chapter 18, the tribe of Dan steals the idols of Micah
and persuades the Levite to be their priest. Judges
c. In chapter 19, we see the terrible crime of some
Benjaminites. Judges 19:22-26
d. The tribe of Benjamin, instead of giving up these evil
men for prosecution, tried to protect them. There was
war and nearly all the tribe of Benjamin was destroyed.
e. Thus, the closing statement to the book of Judges.
2. We must remember that they had a king--God. 1 Sam. 8:7
a. The divine arrangement then is very much the
arrangement under Christ now.
B. In these days there is a similar disregard for authority and
people in general are set on doing that which is right in their
I. THERE IS DISREGARD FOR DOING THAT WHICH IS RIGHT IN THE SIGHT OF
A. Our primary concern should be to please God, not self or
1. Jesus is our model. John 4:34; 8:28-29; 12:49
2. Peter and John provide an excellent example. Acts 4:19-20
B. We need to remember that God's ways are not our ways. Isa.
55:8-9; Luke 16:15
1. The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. 1 Cor.
C. Hence, we cannot do that which is right in our own eyes and
that which is right in the sight of God at the same time.
1. Cain couldn't do it. Gen. 4:3-4; Heb. 11:4; Rom. 10:17
2. Charts "What makes acceptable worship?" and "By Faith."
II. GOD FOREWARNS THAT FOLLOWING ONE'S OWN SIGHT WILL NOT WORK.
A. There is a way which seems right. Prov. 16:25
1. Walking in the sight of our own eyes is the sin of
presumption. Psalm 19:13
B. God specifically charged those who lived under the law of
1. Not to do that which was right in their own eyes. Deut.
6:18; Prov. 3:5-7
2. Not to do more or less than what He authorized. Deut. 12:32
3. There were many under the old dispensation who thought
they could violate these principles and get by with it.
C. These same principles apply under the law of Christ. 1 Cor.
4:6; 2 John 9; Rev. 22:18-19
1. Rev. 2:6,15 - The Lord's attitude should be our attitude.
Psalm 119:104; Rom. 12:9; 1 Thess. 5:21
2. Not a hypocritical reverence. Isa. 66:2; Matt. 15:6-9
3. We must quit insisting on our own ways, and begin insisting
on doing that which is right in the sight of God.
a. The platform for unity. Eph. 4:1-6 - Chart: "We must
accept God's standard of authority."
b. Anything contrary to the apostles doctrine is wrong.
c. Factions, divisions, parties are condemned. 1 Cor. 3:1-3;
2 Cor. 12:20-21
III. WHEN MEN FOLLOW THEIR OWN EYES, THEY ARE CERTAIN TO GO IN WAYS
THAT ARE WRONG.
A. Leads to many different ways, and these ways are always
downward. Chart: "The Way Downward."
1. There are many denominations, churches of men, today.
a. They originate in the minds of men. They are set up by
the wisdom of men. They are governed by the doctrines
of men. They are walking in the sight of their own eyes.
b. Jesus is the head over all things in the church. Eph.
c. Thus, today there is a king in Israel, the Lord Jesus
2. Evolution is a way downward.
a. The evolutionist is well described in Rom. 1:22-23.
b. Leads to moral depravity. Rom. 1:24-28
3. Division in the body of Christ is a way downward.
a. Weakens the cause of Christ.
b. Example: The prayer of Jesus - John 17:20-21 - "that
the world may believe" - division produces unbelievers.
c. Just as divorce is bad for any family; division is bad
for any congregation.
IV. DOING THAT WHICH IS RIGHT IN THE SIGHT OF THE KING IS THE WAY
UPWARD. Chart: "Ways that are right and good."
A. To please God should be our primary objective.
1. God will bless us when we do those things pleasing in His
sight. 1 John 3:22
B. Seeking to please God unifies believers which brings manifold
1. Peace and harmony. Psalm 133:1
a. This inturn pleases God. 1 Tim. 2:3
2. More conversions. John 17:21; John 13:35
3. To have peace in the local congregation is a great blessing.
a. Contentions, biting and devouring hurts. Gal. 5:15
C. Brings peace and harmony in the home. 1 Pet. 3:1-7
1. In verse 4, what is that which is pleasing in the sight of
2. The husband, likewise doing what is pleasing in the sight of
God makes both joint heirs of the grace of life. Verse 7
A. There was much false worship and immorality in those dark days
in Israel when everyone did that which was right in his own
1. There was no authority in those days.
B. There is a King in the Spiritual Israel today -- Christ Jesus
1. Let us do that which is right in His eyes.
2. Rev. 22:12-14