National Price of Perversion
The final two incidents in the book of the Judges reveals where the Levites were “spiritually” in their relationship to their divine calling.
When the Levites – the ones who are “paid” to do their job – fail in their responsibilities, then the most disgusting perversions run rampant in society. And when gross immorality is sanctioned – or at least not held in check by the government – then all of society pays for the moral decay.
The death of the innocent exceeds the death of the sinners as society attempts to rectify unchecked violations of the Torah in ancient Israel and in modern society as well. “Because the king was not physically present, everyone did whatever they pleased,” thinking that he was not watching…