Judges 18

Judges 18 is about the tribe of Dan. “The tribe of the people of Dan was seeking for itself an inheritance to dwell in”.  They were a people without a home, so they “sent five able mens….to spy out the land and to explore it….and they came to the hill country of Ephraim….recognized the voice of the young Levite” who was living with Micah.  So they come and ask him what he is doing there and what his business was.  Of course the Levite recalled how Micah had invited him to stay and be his priest, which he has been happily doing.

He has hired me, and I have become his priest”.  The spies now want to know how their mission is going to go so they ask the priest to “Inquire of God” and find out what will happen.  They get a good report and head off to explore coming to find a place near the Sidonians that is exactly what they are looking for.  So they return to their leaders with that report and tell them to get on with the mission.  “Do not be slow to go, to enter in and possess the land….the land is spacious, for God has given it into your hands, a place where there is no lack of anything that is in the earth”.

They head toward the land and come again to the house of Micah with the 600 warriors they have to take their new homeland.  The Levite priest meets them and they ask him to come with them and be their priest.  It was a pretty good offer, so they take all of Micah’s idols and items of worship and the priest and head off toward the Sidonian land.  Micah figures it out and comes after them and calls out asking what they think they are doing.  The people of Dan tell him to go home.

Do not let your voice be heard among us, lest angry fellows fall upon you, and you lose your life with the lives of your household”.  They tell Micah to go home and he does because they are too strong and there are far too many for him to overtake.  So they return home and the people of Dan continue their journey and conquest to take the land.  They rebuild the city and name it Dan and Jonathan and his sons became priests there.  “They set up Micah’s carved image that he made, as long as the house of God was at Shiloh”.

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