Judges | Day Twelve
By: Taylor Cage
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Read Judges 17:1-12.
This story of Micah and his mother may seem out of place in this history of the Israelite judges. And there are a few more stories like it to come. But there’s one crucial part of this story that we need to know in order to understand the state of the Israelite people at this time.
Read Judges 17:6.
“In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”
Rewrite that verse in your own words.
What do you think it means to do whatever seems right to you?
Here’s what strikes me the most about this verse: The Israelites truly thought that what they were doing was right! Yet over and over again, God tells us that they did evil in the eyes of the Lord.
What do you think this means for our personal definitions of right and wrong?
Think about the world that we live in now. Doesn’t this sound familiar?
Read Proverbs 3:5. How can you relate doing right in your own eyes and leaning on your own understanding?
It’s all too easy to trust our own eyes and lean on our own understanding. And yet, as believers, God reminds us that His ways are higher than ours. When faced with a circumstance or situation, don’t ask yourself what seems right. Instead, ask yourself what is right before God.
Read Judges 18:1-30. How does this chapter begin?
Again, Scripture reminds us that there is no king. There is no leader, no answer to that burning question at the beginning of the book. They aren’t allowing God to be their king and they aren’t following any godly men.
They’re simply doing what is right in their own eyes and clearly, things are getting messy.
In this chapter, they are talking about the Lord a lot, but are they truly following the Lord?
The tribe of Dan is looking for new land and they’re also looking for a Levite priest. When they meet Micah, they decide to take his idols and household gods as well as the priest that’s been serving in his house.
Why did they take the idols? To destroy them?
What was the name of the priest they had taken from Micah? Who was he related to?
Ultimately, they take the idols but not to destroy them. At the end of the chapter, they set up the carved image for themselves.
Why do you think God included this story for us in the book of Judges even though it’s not about a judge?
It’s important for us to see where the people of Israel are at as we continue on in the story. This story shows us what it means for Israel to live with no king and to do what is right for themselves.
Take a moment to step back and look at the everyday decisions that you’re making. Are you doing what’s right in your own eyes or what’s right in God’s eyes?