Guided by convenience rather than conviction

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Convenience

We are introduced to a young man from Bethlehem who is later identified as the grandson of Moses (vv. 7-9). His name was Jonathan, son of Geshom, son of Moses (18:30). It is not for certain why he was wandering alone, away from his family but it seems he was looking for a job and had traveled northward from Judah and had arrived at Micah’s house. This story illustrates how Israel’s moral decay affected even the priest and levites.

For the sake of security (salary) he was content to serve as a priest to Micah for ten shekels of silver per year (v. 10). He agreed to stay with Micah and be his priest (vv 11-12). He lived in Micah’s house, who treated him like one of his own sons. Micah thought this was a smart move to have a Levite as his priest rather than his son who was just a layman. After all, wouldn’t God honor him as long as this religious Levite was in his home (v. 13). In the process we see both men disregarding the revealed will of God. They were guided by convenience rather than conviction.

Application

I need to be asking myself the question, what controls my decisions? Is it that which seems momentarily helpful or that which glorifies God? Have each member of my family name some jobs that they could not have and still glorify the Lord.

Judges 17:7-13 (English Standard Version)

Now there was a young man of Bethlehem in Judah, of the family of Judah, who was a Levite, and he sojourned there. And the man departed from the town of Bethlehem in Judah to sojourn where he could find a place. And as he journeyed, he came to the hill country of Ephraim to the house of Micah. And Micah said to him, "Where do you come from?" And he said to him, "I am a Levite of Bethlehem in Judah, and I am going to sojourn where I may find a place." And Micah said to him, "Stay with me, and be to me a father and a priest, and I will give you ten pieces of silver a year and a suit of clothes and your living." And the Levite went in. And the Levite was content to dwell with the man, and the young man became to him like one of his sons. And Micah ordained the Levite, and the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Micah. Then Micah said, "Now I know that the LORD will prosper me, because I have a Levite as priest."

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