“In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes.” (17:6)
This book is depressing, and I’m sorry to say, today we begin to wade into the worst stories yet: Israel is hitting rock bottom. Worse, still, they think the LORD is like the Canaanite gods. They’ve thrown out the temple worship system and Micah melted down silver into a statue for Him.
Has no one mentioned the second commandment? Who would? Not a king, and certainly not any of these blood thirsty judges. Now we see even the Levites don’t know how to be priests for the LORD. The “10 pieces of gold a year” wage for the Levite made me go back and see how much silver was dedicated to making the idol??? 1,100 pieces!! 110 years wages!
“Then Micah said, ‘Now I know that the LORD will prosper me, seeing I have a Levite as priest.’” (17:13)
Do I do this? Serve the LORD in an American made-up way, contrary to His designs, and then feel confident He will bless me?
Now we meet the Danites (who were never allotted land?? Joshua 19:40-51??). They ask this Levite if he will come with them, as they steal the (really expensive) idol.
“Is it better for you to be a priest to the house of one man, or to be priest to a tribe and a family in Israel?” The priest’s heart was glad, and he took the ephod and household idols and the graven image and went among the people.” (18:19-20)
Who could resist this kind of promotion? Especially when ethics do not exist.
Tomorrow things get even worse, but do not fall into their mindset that when they say “God is blessing/approving of this” that He actually is.
This is human history. I’m convinced this is why the world hasn’t accepted Jesus yet. Because “Christians” are constantly speaking for God and misrepresenting Him. This is a serious issue! Please, let us constantly check ourselves before we wreck ourselves. What does God say? What is His character? What kind of sacrifice does He require?
“Do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8)
“For I delight in mercy rather than sacrifice, And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.” (Hosea 6:6)
Do not grow weary of saturating yourself in Scripture. Let God tell you who He is. Let Him shape and design the way you should worship Him: in spirit and in truth.