Where's Your Worship?
Judges 17 There was a man of the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Micah...
One of the clear messages I get from Judges is that we're all sinful in nature and we all have the desire to do what is right in our own eyes. And Judges 17 and 18 seems to lay this out in detail.
Right off we see that Micah has stolen from his mother. He fesses up and then his mom dedicates the money to the Lord and has an image carved and an idol cast (contradictory to say the least). Micah sets up a shrine for the idol in his house, makes a sacred ephod and more household idols and then proceeds to install one of his sons as his personal priest. It's right after these details that we're told "In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes" (Judges 17:6). (Now there's a lot more in the rest of the passage, but you get the picture.)
What does this passage show us about our desire to worship? What about worshiping the wrong things? How can you use Judges 17 and 18 to help you get, and keep, your focus and your worship exclusively on the Lord? Tami W.
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