Judges 17 & 18

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This story of idol worship and rejecting God's commands leads to idol worship and theft.

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Judges 17,18; In Their Own Eyes

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Start with the Law Exd 20:3 ESV - "You shall have no other gods before me. Exd 20:4 ESV - "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Exd 20:5 ESV - You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me,

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Micah steals from his mom. Jdg 17:1 ESV - There was a man of the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Micah. Jdg 17:2 ESV - And he said to 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." And his mother said, "Blessed be my son by the LORD."

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Graven Images Jdg 17:3 ESV - And he restored the 1,100 pieces of silver to his mother. And his mother said, "I dedicate the silver to the LORD from my hand for my son, to make a carved image and a metal image. Now therefore I will restore it to you." Jdg 17:4 ESV - So when he restored the money to his mother, his mother took 200 pieces of silver and gave it to the silversmith, who made it into a carved image and a metal image. And it was in the house of Micah. Jdg 17:5 ESV - And the man Micah had a shrine, and he made an ephod and household gods, and ordained one of his sons, who became his priest.

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Time stamp and Spiritual condition: Jdg 17:6 ESV - In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes . No human King, but God was their King. 1Sa 8:7 NIV - And the LORD told him: "Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their King. 1Sa 8:8 NIV - As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you.

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Levites: From the tribe of Levi Had no inheritance of land, (Their inheritance was the Lord) Num 3:12 ESV - "Behold, I have taken the Levites from among the people of Israel instead of every firstborn who opens the womb among the people of Israel. The Levites shall be mine,” The rest of the tribes were to provide for them the following. Cities, Tithes, land for the herds. They did not have to fight battles. Aaronic Priesthood Levitical order; To serve the tabernacle and temple and priests. They were the roadies of the tabernacle.

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A Levite came to town. Jdg 17:7 -13 Jdg 17:13 ESV - Then Micah said, "Now I know that the LORD will prosper me, because I have a Levite as priest .“ Homemade Religion

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Chapter 18: Jdg 18:1 ESV - In those days there was no king in Israel. And in those days the tribe of the people of Dan was seeking for itself an inheritance to dwell in, for until then no inheritance among the tribes of Israel had fallen to them.

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Dan Scouts looking for Land Jdg 18:5 ESV - And they said to him, "Inquire of God, please, that we may know whether the journey on which we are setting out will succeed." The Tribe of Dan clearly lacked interest thus knowledge of what God’s ordinances. Jdg 18:6 ESV - And the priest said to them, "Go in peace. The journey on which you go is under the eye of the LORD." That’s scary: How did he know? He didn’t.

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Scouts report and Dan sends a fighting force. Jdg 18:7-12 Jdg 18:11 ESV - So 600 men of the tribe of Dan, armed with weapons of war, set out from Zorah and Eshtaol ,

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The Army visits the Levite: takes the idols, & the priest . Jdg 18:13-19 Jdg 18:16 ESV - Now the 600 men of the Danites , armed with their weapons of war, stood by the entrance of the gate. Jdg 18:17 ESV - And the five men who had gone to scout out the land went up and entered and took the carved image, the ephod, the household gods, and the metal image, while the priest stood by the entrance of the gate with the 600 men armed with weapons of war .

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The Priest Gets a promotion Jdg 18:20 ESV - And the priest's heart was glad. He took the ephod and the household gods and the carved image and went along with the people. Jdg 18:21 ESV - So they turned and departed, putting the little ones and the livestock and the goods in front of them.

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Might Makes Right Jdg 18:22 ESV - When they had gone a distance from the home of Micah, the men who were in the houses near Micah's house were called out, and they overtook the people of Dan. Jdg 18:23 ESV - And they shouted to the people of Dan, who turned around and said to Micah, "What is the matter with you, that you come with such a company?" Jdg 18:24 ESV - And he said, "You take my gods that I made and the priest, and go away, and what have I left? How then do you ask me, 'What is the matter with you?'" Jdg 18:25 ESV - And the people of Dan said to him, "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." Jdg 18:26 ESV - Then the people of Dan went their way. And when Micah saw that they were too strong for him, he turned and went back to his home.

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Dan gets land and establishes their idolatrous religion; right from the start. Jdg 18:30 ESV - And the people of Dan set up the carved image for themselves, and Jonathan the son of Gershom , son of Moses, and his sons were priests to the tribe of the Danites until the day of the captivity of the land. Jdg 18:31 ESV - So they set up Micah's carved image that he made, as long as the house of God was at Shiloh.

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Let’s talk about homemade religions ! Major lack of Bible knowledge. Pseudo spirituality, Always centered around TV TV preachers Spirituality shows History & Science shows Superstitions: Saints Ghosts Angels Karma Lucky charms Loads of new age spirituality running around . Why Do We Do This All The Time?

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Truth is binary It’s true or false

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Computer code looks like this: 0001011001101001111010010110101001011011 God’s Truths look like this: TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT The devil’s lies look like this: TTTTTTT F TTTTTTT F TTTTTTTTTTT F TTTTTTT F TTTTTTT

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Unless Christians continue to reprogram our thoughts with God’s Truths we are susceptible to lies . Rom 12:2 NIV - Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will.

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Phl 4:8 NIV - Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.

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1Jo 2:22 NIV - Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist--denying the Father and the Son. 1Jo 2:23 NIV - No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

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John 6:51:"I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever;" John 8:23: And He said to them, "You are from beneath; I AM from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.

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John 8:12: Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I AM the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." John 8:58 Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM."

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John 10:9: "I AM the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture." John 10:11: "I AM the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.

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John 10:36: "do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, 'You are blaspheming,' because I said, 'I am the Son of God'? John 11:25: Jesus said to her, "I AM the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.

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John 14:6: Jesus said to him, "I AM the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 15:1: "I AM the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.

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John 19:2: Therefore the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, "Do not write, 'The King of the Jews,' but, 'He said, "I am the King of the Jews."'" Acts 9:5: And he said, "Who are You, Lord?" And the Lord said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads."

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Rom 8:1 NIV - Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, Rom 8:2 NIV - because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. Call to action: Get Bible into you every day.

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