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March 20 - Evening

“Now this man Micah had a shrine, and he made an ephod and some household gods and
installed one of his sons as his priest. 

In those days Israel had no king; everyone
did as they saw fit.

A young Levite from Bethlehem in Judah, who had been living within the clan of Judah, left that town in search of some other place to stay. On his way he came to Micah’s house in the hill country of Ephraim.

Micah asked him, ‘Where are you from?’

‘I’m a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah,’ he said, ‘and I’m looking for a place to stay.’

Then Micah said to him,
‘Live with me and be my father and priest, 
and I’ll give you ten shekels of silver a year,
your clothes and your food.’ 

So the Levite agreed to live with him, and the young man became like one of his sons to him. 

Then Micah installed the Levite, and the young man became his priest and lived in his house. 
And Micah said, ‘Now I know that the Lord will be good to me, since this Levite has become my priest’…

…So they (men from the tribe of Dan) entered the hill country of Ephraim and came to the house of Micah, where they spent the night. When they were near Micah’s house, they recognized the voice of the young Levite; so they turned in there and asked him,
‘Who brought you here?
What are you doing in this place?
Why are you here?'

He told them what Micah had done for him, and said, ‘He has hired me and I am his priest.’ ”

- Judges 17:5-13; 18:2b-4

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Bad Religion and a Levite for Hire    

The corruption of Israel’s religious system had become excessive. The account of Micah is placed in the middle of Israel in the hill country of Ephraim which was at one time the land of great Israelites such as Joshua. But, by the time of Micah (Judges 17-18, 1250-1200 BC) the Tabernacle worship, the priesthood and the Levitical teaching system had completely broken down.

Micah had built his own personal shrine for the household gods and made an ephod to wear while communicating with these gods. Israelites did not follow the Law of Moses, but instead each one did what they thought was religiously and morally correct. This is stated explicitly in two different places in the book of Judges and two more times the stories are recorded that prove this point:

“Everyone did as he saw fit” – Judges 17:6; 21:25 (18:1; 19:1)

Interestingly, a Levite (Levi was the teaching tribe in Israel responsible for instruction in the Law of the covenant, explaining the Word of the Lord, and spiritual leadership in Israel) came by Micah’s shrine looking for work as a priest/teacher. This Levite is going to be identified as a descendent of Moses through his son Gershom in Judges 18:30. There are additional allusions to this possibility in the text and the story line. The Levites name is Jonathan according to Judges 18:30:

“And the people of Dan set up the carved image for themselves, and Jonathan the son of Gershom, son of Moses, and his sons were priests to the tribe of the Danites until the day of the captivity of the land.” - Judges 18:30

Jonathan the Levite had been “soujourning,” or residing as an alien, within the tribe of Judah, but for some reason his employment as a Levite there had been cut off. When Micah asked Jonathan where he was from, Jonathan replied,

                “I’m a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah, and I’m looking for a place to stay.”

The phrase “looking for a place to stay,” is lagur ba’aser yimsa’ and means the Levite is looking for a better place to live with better working conditions for better pay. The Levite is looking for a place to improve his standard of living serving as a priest in some religious setting. Jonathan does not mention the Lord. He mentions living conditions. Jonathan does not feel a sense of responsibility to society and the people of God. He is simply considering his own options for his own well-being. Jonathan has completely compromised his tribe’s calling and is looking for the easiest way to kick back and enjoy life.

But, what a celestial coincidence! What good fortune! Micah, the personal owner of the shrine of idols, is interested in getting a licensed, ordained Levite in position to help legitimatize his family worship center. This is a win-win for these pagan worshippers of the Lord. The Levite has a better contract and the Israelite has his own licensed priest from the tribe of Levi to function in his personal tabernacle worshipping the family gods!

Jonathan, the Levite, is happy with the yearly wages of ten shekels of silver (the typical annual salary for a laborer at that time in Canaan). Plus, Jonathan would snag a new set of clothes and all of his food for each year. Jonathan had just landed a job with solid salary plus benefits and living expenses. On  the other hand, the twisted theology of the day assured Micah that since he had hired a real Levite from the priestly tribe in Israel to manage his household shrine of idols, the Lord would bless him!  Micah’s pagan theology allowed him to believe that the Lord could be manipulated.

It appears that these two men had no idea how far from the truth and purpose of the Lord they were. But, the story gets worse; men from Dan who refused to engage the Philistines in battle were spying out the land for an easier place to live. As they were passing by, they happened to hear Jonathan singing the daily worship service in Micah’s shrine. They recognized his voice as that of Jonathan the descendent of Moses through his son Gershom. Unfortunately for Micah the men from Dan offered Jonathan a promotion from being a family priest to becoming a high priest for an entire tribe. Score! Jonathan couldn’t pass up an opportunity like that. The men from Dan steal Micah’s idols, hire his Levite and move north.

In those days, “everyone did as they saw fit.” (Judges 17:6)

  Christian Quote from Church History

"Jesus, our head,
is already in heaven; and
if the head be above water, the body cannot drown."
- John Flavel








Something to Ponder??

Megachurches characteristically have
2,000+ people attend
a weekly service with a
charismatic, authoritative pastor who is over a congregation that is active in a wide variety of social and outreach ministries that are organized with complex and differentiated structures. 
(details here)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Kerusso (Gr) – Preach (Eng) – kerusso is a Greek word that refers to being a herald or proclaimer of a message or a proclamation. Kerusso means “to proclaim” in Matthew 3:1; Mark 1:45; Acts 10:37; Romans 2:21 and Revelation 5:2. Christ is said to have kerusso, or “proclaimed,” his victory to the rebel spirits who were locked up in the underworld in 1 Peter 3:19. The Gospel is kerusso by a herald in Matthew 24:14 and Mark 13:10. Also, the word or the Scriptures are kerusso (“proclaimed”) in 2 Timothy 4:2.


Luke indicated that he was familiar with the first and second census around the time of Christ’s birth and childhood in 4 BC and 6 AD. In Luke 2:2 the first one is mentioned in correlation with Joseph and Mary going to Bethlehem at the time of Jesus’ birth while King Herod was still alive. In Acts 5:37 Luke records a second census which is the same census Josephus mentions in his historical work Antiquities (18:26) as occurring in 6 AD. This is why Luke calls the census of Luke 2:2 “the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria”

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I use my spiritual gift and God's calling to improve my lifestyle and my comfort
instead of using my gifting and calling to serve others and empower the believers?
I will use what the Lord has given me to serve and empower people.
  "Love and faithfulness keep
a king safe;

    through love his throne
is made secure."
- Proverbs 20:28
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) Judges 16 Deuteronomy 29
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns

Your godly influence on others

Leading of the Holy Spirit


Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
The stepped stone structure that served as a retaining wall for ancient Jerusalem below governmental buildings such as the palace and the fortress. It was originally built by the Jebusties and referred to as the "millo," or "terraces," in David's day in 2 Samuel 5:9.
(Details and photos can be seen here.) (click on image for larger size)

Coins of Herod Agrippa I, who was Herod the Great's grandson. Agrippa I decapitated the Apostle James in
Acts 12:1-2, arrested Peter in Acts 12:1-19 and died in Cesarea by the Sea in Acts 12:19-24.(click on image for larger size)

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