Going through the Torah, there are a large number of laws prescribed by the Lord through Moses. But I've been wondering why we don't hear much about enforcement of these rules in the period after the Judges.
During the period of the OT kings, it seems like as long as they removed the high places and objects of foreign worship everything was ok? Or should we assume that in the background of these texts, local judges and Levites were vigorously enforcing the Levitical code all along?
Put differently, my question is: from the reigns of Saul to the time of the exile to Babylon, were enforcements like these taking place:
- Death penalty (for disobedient children, sexual immorality, worshipping foreign gods, or possessing idols/graven images). It seems not from texts like 1 Samuel 19:13
- Impurity and exclusion: I don't recall reading of any of the armies of any of the kings post-war staying outside the "camp" for 7 days and doing 3rd day and 7th day purification rites as required of them in the Torah.
My feeling (and I can't back this up) is that while the Torah prescribed the requirements quite strongly, they fell into disuse pretty much as soon as the last good judge (Samuel) left the scene. The LORD seems to be happy with the Kings if they at least honoured him in their decisions and broadly did the right thing.
But happy to be contradicted if this is a mis-characterisation!
Also, apologies if this has been asked elsewhere - I couldn't find a broad answer, just a large number of instances where people asked about individual discrepancies like this question below: