Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Welcome to Day 93 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Judges chapters 17 and 18, These passages, recount the idolatry of Micah and the Danites, is part of the conclusion to the Book of Judges. The phrases, “In those days there was no king in Israel” (17:6, 18:1) and “everyone did what was right in his own eyes” (19:1, 21:25) are repeated toward the end of Judges.
NOTE: This is not the same Micah who authored the Old Testament book of Micah.
Then, the Danites stole Micah’s idol and ephod and offered the Levite priest “a better job.” Why be his personal priest when you could be the priest for our whole tribe?? They threatened Micah, left, and overtook the city of Laish and they “continued to use the idol Micah had made.”
In Psalm 89 God is establishing his covenant with David and his sons… with conditions. “If…”
2 Corinthians 3:18 clearly defines the better covenant we are under “the Spirit” vs. “the Law.” “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
Micah’s statement in 17:13 is one of most foolish and telling statements about how far Israel had fallen from the Lord… “Now I know that the LORD will be good to me, since this Levite has become my priest.”
So many things are wrong in this chapter… that Micah had an image and an ephod that he and his mother worshiped, then, adding insult to injury, he invites a Levite to stay in his home to become his own personal priest. Hard to believe the Levite would agree to this… Micah’s statement that the LORD would be good to him because of his situation was foolish and way off base.
It seems that the idol, after it was stolen from Micah, was set up in the Tabernacle (“in the house of God”) in Shiloh. Although some details are a little fuzzy… It’s not quite clear if the mention of the Tabernacle was merely a timeframe “They continued to use the idol Micah had made, all the time the house of God was in Shiloh” or the location, that the idol was actually used IN the Tabernacle.
What is clear is that, even if the Tabernacle was set up and Micah’s idol was in use IN there, was beyond imaginable. (Remember Aaron’s sons who offered “strange fire” and were consumed in the Tabernacle?)
It’s so easy, apparently, to slip into idol worship… To become so blinded that we may not even realize how far we have fallen.
Makes me wonder what I have done… how I may have offered “strange fire” or created my own “personal ephods” in my life…
Thank God that we are under a different covenant and that “God is patient, not willing that any should perish.” Matthew 18.
I can’t thank you enough Lord for your grace and mercy… wow. How patient you must have been with me over the years without my even realizing it.