August 26, 2018
In today's reading, we read about a man named Micah that first steals money from his mother but then returns it and in doing his takes part of the money to "recreate" a tabernacle...more or less. They made graven images that may have looked like the vessels used in the tabernacle. Micah even consecrated one of his sons to be a priest and went as far as to make him an ephod.
Verse 6 really sums up this chapter and the following chapters, "...every man did that which was right in his OWN eyes."
We can look at this story of Micah and say, "..well, he was trying to worship God in his own way." But that is just it, he wanted to set this "make-shift" tabernacle up (even though the house of God was in Shiloh) to do it HIS OWN WAY.
God already established a specific plan, place, and way to worship and serve. Even the best intentions don't change the fact that what is RIGHT is what is RIGHT in God's eyes, not mine.
Today, let me remember not to justify my intentions right out of the will of the Lord. His ways are Perfect! His plan is precise! His blessings are innumerable!
Judges 17:1-13 (KJV)
Of the money that Micah at first stole, then restored, his mother makes images
1 And there was a man of mount Ephraim, whose name was Micah.
2 And he said unto his mother, The eleven hundred shekels of silver that were taken from thee, about which thou cursedst, and spakest of also in mine ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it. And his mother said, Blessed be thou of the LORD, my son.
3 And when he had restored the eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, his mother said, I had wholly dedicated the silver unto the LORD from my hand for my son, to make a graven image and a molten image: now therefore I will restore it unto thee.
4 Yet he restored the money unto his mother; and his mother took two hundred shekels of silver, and gave them to the founder, who made thereof a graven image and a molten image: and they were in the house of Micah.
5 And the man Micah had an house of gods, and made an ephod, and teraphim, and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest.
6 In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.
He hires a Levite to be his priest
7 And there was a young man out of Bethlehemjudah of the family of Judah, who was a Levite, and he sojourned there.
8 And the man departed out of the city from Bethlehemjudah to sojourn where he could find a place: and he came to mount Ephraim to the house of Micah, as he journeyed.
9 And Micah said unto him, Whence comest thou? And he said unto him, I am a Levite of Bethlehemjudah, and I go to sojourn where I may find a place.
10 And Micah said unto him, Dwell with me, and be unto me a father and a priest, and I will give thee ten shekels of silver by the year, and a suit of apparel, and thy victuals. So the Levite went in.
11 And the Levite was content to dwell with the man; and the young man was unto him as one of his sons.
12 And Micah consecrated the Levite; and the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Micah.
13 Then said Micah, Now know I that the LORD will do me good, seeing I have a Levite to my priest.