Micah Makes a Pagan Shrine

The idols my heart adores are all those things which I demand for joy and significance. A well known pastor in New York tells a wonderful story about a time when he discovered this application in his own life. He came home one Wednesday evening (after a board meeting) whistling w … More

Idolatry

We have now completed the history of the Judges. This portion of scripture gives us a full picture of what it was like to live in a day of moral and political disorder before there was a king in Israel (v. 6). We find here a sharp contrast between Samson and his mother and Micah and his mother.

Micah was regarded as a religious man. He had “an house of gods” (v. 5). Yet he stole a huge sum of money from his mother, only to return it without any explanation (vv. 1-2). His mother had theoretically dedicated this money to the Lord but she did not hesitate to give a sizable portion of it for the fabrication of idolatrous images (v 3). Little did she seem to realize that the living God will not share His honor with any man or idol.

Micah then set up a little pagan idol in his home and designated one of his sons as head of his shrine (vv. 4-5). Probably similar things were done in other parts of Israel as it says “every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (v. 6). It is really a shameful thing to permit our lives to be divided between the Lord God and idols.

Application

It would be good for me to ask each person in my family to give their definition of an idol. Hopefully most of them will come up with the idea that an idol is anything that comes between them and the Lord. An idol can be a toy, a car, a person or almost anything. Then I need to share with them how easy it is for me to have an idol and how I need to be careful not to allow idols in my life.

Judges 17:1-6 (English Standard Version)


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