When a person turns away from the truth
Judges 17:6 “In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.”
In this chapter, we see confusion and strange actions by Micah and his mother.
Micah was attracted to his mother’s silver and desired it enough to take it.
Then, later he got scared by guilt when his mother cursed the thief, so he returned the silver.
Amazingly, his mother then gave a portion of the silver for the purpose of having an idol made.
- Micah set up the idol in a small sanctuary of his own, which he stocked with images.
- He also made an ephod. The ephod was the special garment worn by the high priest.
- Micah also installed his son as priest. Only Levites were to be priests..
Why would Micah sin so grievously against the Lord?
“In those days there was no king in Israel” ;
These words are seen four times in the Book of Judges.
everyone did what was right in his own eyes”
- These were days when people had lost their direction.
- They were days of confusion.
- The lines between good and evil had been wiped out.
What confusion can result when a person turns away from the truth and chooses his own way instead!
We live in a society where people are committed to doing what they themselves believe is right.
We hear: “Do whatever makes you happy” or “You don’t need someone else’s permission to do what you feel is right.”!!!
Maybe we ourselves could do what we believed is right.
This chapter clearly teaches us that : “We do not determine what is right and wrong!”
How do we apply that truth in our daily lives?
We must allow God to be the king of our lives.
You and I are in absolutely no position to determine what is right and what is wrong.
Therefore, we need to turn to Scripture to learn the will of God for our lives.
May God help us to live accordingly.
Jooley Mathew Z