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April 5, 2019

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Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: 2 Samuel 1-3
Audio: 2 Samuel 1-3

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Judges 17 (ESV)

There was a man of the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Micah.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.” 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.” 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. 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. In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

Now there was a young man of Bethlehem in Judah, of the family of Judah, who was a Levite, and he sojourned there. And the man departed from the town of Bethlehem in Judah to sojourn where he could find a place. And as he journeyed, he came to the hill country of Ephraim to the house of Micah. And Micah said to him, “Where do you come from?” And he said to him, “I am a Levite of Bethlehem in Judah, and I am going to sojourn where I may find a place.” 10 And Micah said to him, “Stay with me, and be to me a father and a priest, and I will give you ten pieces of silver a year and a suit of clothes and your living.” And the Levite went in. 11 And the Levite was content to dwell with the man, and the young man became to him like one of his sons. 12 And Micah ordained the Levite, and the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Micah. 13 Then Micah said, “Now I know that the Lord will prosper me, because I have a Levite as priest.”

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  1. A Living Contraction 

    Today's chapter introduces Micah (which means "who is like Yahweh). He owns up to stealing his mother's silver but her response is striking. She says, "Blessed be my son by the Lord" (Judges 17:2). She then says in obvious contraction, "I dedicate the silver to the Lord from my hand for my son, to make a carved image and a metal image" (Judges 17:3). 

    Which is it? It can't be both!

    Dedicating the silver to the Lord is a wonderful gesture of love for God but making a carved image and a metal image is a clear violation of Exodus 20:4–5 and Deuteronomy 5:8–9 which is the law of God. 

    Making matters worse, Micah keeps the carved image and metal images in his home – with a "shrine, and he made an ephod and household gods" (Judges 17:5). 

    This got me asking myself where I might be spiritually blind? Ignorance is certainly not bliss. Since I'm a work in progress (more than I probably realize), I'm sure there are many ways I'm a living contradiction even though I don't want to be.

    That is why it is so important to know God's Word, submit to its authority, walk in the Spirit and have spiritual leaders who are devoted to your spiritual nurture, guidance and protection. That's why Judges 17:6 is mentioned in this chapter. When "there was no king in Israel" (leading the people), "Everyone did what was right in his own eyes."

    Lord, give us eyes to see and ears to hear where we may be blind (or see dimly). Help us overcome our contractions and ignorance (and willful disobedience) so we can honor you and bring glory to your holy name.

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