“And Micah ordained the Levite”….(Jdg 17:12).
The ordination of this man from the tribe of Levi was a consecration of corruption. Micah’s house was full of idols and prior to this consecration he wrongfully set his own son up as priest, who was not a Levite. To do so would have been highly opposed to the word of God.
There is no longing in Micah for holiness, but instead, only for himself. There is no reverence of God. Unfortunately, we can see he learned this from his own 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”…(Jdg 17:4).
Sadly, much like in Micah’s day our culture is not much different…”Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” (Jdg 17:6). There is a lack of reverence for God and His word that is appalling, yet no one is called to account. The lack of accountability and reverence for the awesomeness of Yahweh God keeps Israel stuck in spiritual dryness, with an all out assault on the most basic, fundamental truths of their faith.
As Christians we too can fall into such deception if we stray from the word of God and become consumers of the culture rather than students of the cross. We must be rooted and grounded in the fundamental truths of scripture. The Bible is not just a book of old history, as some try to make it seem, nor it are it’s commands to be taken lightly. It is the very word’s of life. It is the vehicle by which God has chosen to reveal HIs plan to redeem mankind through Jesus. Therefore, we must esteem it. We must learn to be students of it. We must be willing to set aside our own agenda’s to take up God’s ways made clear in His word.
Sometimes I read a passage in God’s word and it makes me angry or rubs me the wrong way. This is when I know, there is a spirit of rebellion in my heart that I need to deal with, before it deals with me. Submission is the key to holiness and obedience is the path we must walk towards our freedom in Christ. To obey God’s word is to walk in freedom, not in bondage. The laying down of what we want to take up what God wants is the best kind of life.
Lord, forgive us when we stray from your word and start to do what is right in our own eyes. We are foolish people. We do not reverence you or your word as we should. We, in many ways, are much like Micah, setting up images in our own lives to worship thinking we can have both you and them. Lord, show me my idols, I do not want them any longer. I want more of you. Jesus, please, be my greatest joy and my place of contentment and peace, Amen.