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Scripture Reading for March 13: Judges 17-21

Religion is man’s attempt to do something that makes him feel good about himself and his own relationship with God.  There is nothing we can do to improve our relationship with God because we are sinners.  God is holy and has set up a very narrow way of man coming to Him.  In the time of the judges, the nation of Israel had slipped away from the Word of God and each person was doing what was right in his own eyes.  (Judges 17:6; 21:25)  The nation had forgotten God and gotten lost in a self-directed religion of idolatry.

Micah, from the tribe of Ephraim had stolen money from his own mother.  He heard a curse pronounced by his mother and confessed his crime.  The mother forgave him and then took some of the silver he returned and made an idol for her son!  Micah built a shrine, made an ephod, and installed one of his sons as a priest.  (Judges 17:1-6) This violated everything that God had established for His people in Israel.  Only the Levites could be priests and there were to be no idols.  God’s people were to go to the place God set to worship, not to any place they chose!  (Deuteronomy 12:1-9)

A Levite stopped in and Micah hired him to be his “father and priest”. (Judges 17:10)  Everything seemed good until some spies from the tribe of Dan stopped by Micah’s house.  They inquired of the Lord through Micah’s Levite and  he gave them what they wanted to hear.  They returned and made this Levite a better deal.  Why not be a priest for a whole tribe, rather than a household?  The Levite accepted happily because the price was right!  This almost sounds like a soap opera!

We must be aware that we can easily slip away from a true relationship with the Lord.  Micah and his mother were descendants of Ephraim, one of the sons of Joseph.  They had a rich heritage of faith and knew of the miraculous working of God.  But religion became just ritual and form, fashioned to please men. Money was used to buy and manipulate behavior and religious favor.

How is money being used to manipulate and buy favor in our culture today? How can we maintain a true relationship with God and the church? How do you identify a true man or woman of God?

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