About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Idols (ch. 17:1 - 13)
scholars suggest that from Judges 17 to the end of the book should
actually be near the beginning of the book as far as the time line goes.
The reason why they say this is because of the movement of the tribe of
Dan in these chapters. The
tribe of Dan was given a certain portion of land in central
best reason to date these chapters near the beginning of Judges is
because of chapter 18:30. There
we see a fake priest called Jonathan, who is the grandson of Moses.
Therefore, this must be in the time line near the beginning of
hard to know why the story of this chapter has found its way into the
Bible but it has. It is
however, a slice of Jewish history from this period of time, and much of
the Old Testament is an accurate portrayal of history, both Jewish
history and non-Jewish history.
guess is that the events in this chapter show us how afar away
1 and two state that a man named Micah took 1100 shekels, or, 28 pounds
of silver from his own mother. He
obviously overheard a curse that his mother placed on the one who took
the money, which of course was him.
Maybe she had a clue who took it and she spoke the curse in such
a way that her son would hear it. Whatever
the case, he did here the curse and he did admit to steeling the silver.
were things taken seriously back then.
They're not really taken seriously today.
verses 2 to 4 we see that Micah's mother made an oath saying that she
would consecrate all of the silver to the Lord. She would turn it into
in image on behalf of the Lord. That
being said, she took 200 shekels of the silver and had a silver smith
make her the image, or, an idol.
making this idol was not permitted in the Law of Moses.
She then put the image in the house of Micah who apparently had
some kind of shrine to the Lord. Again,
this was against what the Law of Moses stated.
can see that this family was so far removed from the Lord that they
thought there form of worship was that which the Lord required, but it
wasn't. There is not much
difference today. Much of
what is done in the name of the Lord, in the name of church, is thought
to be what the Lord requires, but it's not.
Many Christians are so far removed from the Lord that what they
do in His service is what they think He wants when it isn't.
verse 2 the mother blesses her son that she just cursed.
This blessing was probably spoken to neutralize the curse she
just proclaimed on her son.
5 and 6 state that Micah not only had his own personal shrine to the
Lord, but he made a priestly ephod, which is a vest, and he appointed
two of his sons to be priests. Again,
Micah might have thought this was God's will but it wasn't.
Only Levites could be priests, and only then could they do the
work of a priest in certain places.
Having your own shrine was not lawful.
might just be the reason why this chapter is in the Bible. It might be
here to show us that our own religious ways are not good enough, are not
what God wants. They are
pure humanistic, and humanism is not the way of the Lord.
here to the end of the chapter we see that a real Levite comes to
Micah's house. Micah makes
him his personal priest. You
might think this is closer to the will of God than Micah's sons being
priest, but it really isn't.
hole point to this chapter as I see it is that God's people attempt
godly worship in a humanistic way and that is just not acceptable to the
6 states that
Micah's mother, she supposedly dedicated all 1100 shekels of silver to
God, but in reality she didn't. She
only used 200 of the 1100 shekels for religious purposes by having an
idol made. She held back 900
shekels of silver. Then, the
image she had made, was not a godly jester.
She was just as much in the wrong as her son.
this Levite, he said he was from
term "father' that Micah associates this Levite with is a term of
respect, not an older man. Micah
was not looking for a father figure but a priest.
chapter ends with Micah thinking the Lord would now bless him because he
had a priest to lead his personal worship, but as I've said before,
Micah, and us to, are so far removed from God that what we think is
genuine worship isn't.