Judges 17

Judges 17 transitions to the story of Micah, a man from the hill country of Ephraim.  He told his mother “The 1,100 pieces of silver that were taken from you, about which you uttered a curse, and also spoke it in my ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it”.  Confession time indeed.  Micah not only admits he took her silver, but “he restored the 1,100 pieces of silver to his mother” after she blessed her son before the Lord.  Then she dedicates the silver to the Lord as well.

But strangely enough, “his mother took 200 pieces of silver and gave it to the silversmith, who made it into a carved image and a metal image”.  Not a good move considering God’s dislike of idols and idolatry.  But it certainly fits the actions of the day.  Samson was gone as judge and “everyone did what was right in his own eyes”.  That sure sound familiar, doesn’ it.  No one felt obligated to follow God’s truth in His Word – it was up to every person to determine what they should do and how they should live.

God causes a Levite from Bethlehem to head out to find a place to live.  And he came to Ephraim and ran into Micah, who invites him to come stay with him once he discovers he is a Levite.  Micah invites him to “be to me a father and a priest”.  He offered to pay him and provide him some clothing, so the Levite decides to take him up on the offer and stays.  Micah ordains the Levite and he became a priest.  Micah says “now I know that the Lord will prosper me, because I have a Levite as priest”.

There were no defined leaders in Israel at this time.  The judges were all dead and no king was in place.  So having a priest live in your home was a pretty big coup for Micah.  He took action to make God part of his home.  We need to consider how we do that in our society today.  Odds are we won’t have a pastor or priest living with us.  But there are lots of things we can do to make God center and keep Him in His rightful place in our life.  What is your plan to do that?  Hiring a full time pastor may be your strategy.  But we just need to define one!

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