Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 16, 2015

Micah, The Lesson of “Once is not enough.”, and God’s “Moreover”

Today’s devotion comes from Judges Chapter 17.

“1 Now there was a man of the hill country of Ephraim whose name was Micah.  2 He said to his mother, “The eleven hundred pieces of silver which were taken from you, about which you uttered a curse in my hearing, behold, the silver is with me;  I took it.”  And his mother said, “Blessed be my son by the Lord.”  3 He then returned the eleven hundred pieces of silver to his mother, and his mother said, “I wholly dedicate the silver from my hand to the Lord for my son to make a graven image and a molten image;  now therefore, I will return them to you.”  4 So when he returned the silver to his mother, his mother took two hundred pieces of silver and gave them to the silversmith who made them into a graven image and a molten image, and they were in the house of Micah.  5 And the man Micah had a shrine and he made an ephod and household idols and consecrated one of his sons, that he might become his priest.  6 In those days there was no king in Israel;  every man did what was right in his own eyes. 

7 Now there was a young man from Bethlehem in Judah, of the family of Judah, who was a Levite;  and he was staying there.  8 Then the man departed from the city, from Bethlehem in Judah, to stay wherever he might find a place; and as he made his journey, he came to the hill country of Ephraim to the house of Micah.  9 Micah said to him, “Where do you come from?”  And he said to him, “I am a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah, and I am going to stay wherever I may find a place.”  10 Micah then said to him, “Dwell with me and be a father and a priest to me, and I will give you ten pieces of silver a year, a suit of clothes, and your maintenance.”  So the Levite went in.  11 The Levite agreed to live with the man, and the young man became to him like one of his sons.  12 So Micah consecrated the Levite, and the young man became his priest and lived in the house of Micah.  13 Then Micah said, “Now I know that the Lord will prosper me, seeing I have a Levite as priest.”  Judges Chapter 17.

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Micah wrongly thought the LORD would prosper him just because he did one thing right, namely, that the priest should be a Levite.  But, Micah should never have had a priest in the first place nor a shrine, an ephod, nor household idols.  And, he should not have consecrated one of his sons to become his priest.

Micah also thought that everything was OK just because he returned eleven hundred pieces of silver that he took from his mother.  But, Micah should have never taken the silver from her in the first place.  Just because his mother blessed him does not mean that Micah would be blessed by the LORD.

In summary, “In those days there was no king in Israel;  every man did what was right in his own eyes.”  Verse 6.

Today, we too can pull out one portion from Scripture and do one thing right and think we are righteous and that the LORD will prosper us.  We too can do what is right in our own eyes and think we are righteous and that the LORD will prosper us.  But, we would be wrong like Micah in thinking that way.

But, the blessed man is the one who delights in God’s Word and meditates on it day and night to fully live by it by God’s grace.

“2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.”  Psalm 1:2-3.

“So keep the words of this covenant to do them, that you may prosper in all that you do.”  Deuteronomy 29:9.

Who can do all things right?  Who can obey all of God’s commandments?

But, there is hope!

“Moreover the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, so that you may live.”  Deuteronomy 30:6.

“Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you;  and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances.”  Ezekiel 36:26-27.

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