Tuesday, 24th January 2023
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
SECTION ONE V1-6 EVERYONE DID WHAT WAS RIGHT IN HIS OWN EYES
V1-2 ‘Now there was a man from the mountains of Ephraim, whose name was Micah. And he said to his mother, “The eleven hundred shekels of silver that were taken from you, and on which you put a curse, even saying it in my ears—here is the silver with me; I took it.”’ Micah was not shameful, he stole money from his mother, not only he did not apologise to her, but he also blame his mother for cursing him. He did not honour his mother and he did not see what he did was wrong. There was no father in this story, which shows that in the generation of confusion and sinfulness, fathers are often missing in action. It was the same with the story of Samson, when the Messenger of God went to the field to talk to Samson’s parents, only his mother was there.
The Bible did not mention anything about Micah’s father, we don’t know who he was and where he was, but we can see that when something happened in the family, only the mother was there to deal with the matters. When Micah’s mother knew it was her son, who stole her money, she did not give him the right teaching, but bless him. Where is the authority we have from God? Do we provide the right teaching to our children and our next generation? Do we speak the words of truth to our children?
V3 ‘So when he had returned the eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, his mother said, “I had wholly dedicated the silver from my hand to the Lord for my son, to make a carved image and a moulded image; now therefore, I will return it to you.”’ Micah’s mother did not gave her son the right teaching, she also sinned against God by allowing her son to carve the idol. God chose the people of Israel to love Him and to follow His teaching, but the people became wilful, they did not pass on the right teaching, the therefore, they did whatever they thought was right. Are we willing to receive the true teaching and pass it on to the next generation?
V4 ‘Thus he returned the silver to his mother. Then his mother took two hundred shekels of silver and gave them to the silversmith, and he made it into a carved image and a moulded image; and they were in the house of Micah.’ Micah returned the eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, who said she would offer it all to God. But then she only took out two hundred shekels of silver and used them to make carved image and a moulded image. Both the mothers and the son were living in the wrong teaching and a sinful generation. Furthermore, they even passed this wrong teach to their next generation, Micah’s son, who was appointed to be the priest of the moulded image.
V5-6 ‘The man Micah had a shrine, and made an ephod and household idols; and he consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest. In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.’ Nobody was there to provide the right teaching and the right direction, and therefore people became wilful to do whatever they wanted to do. God gives us the Truth and His Word, but when we chose to be wilful then the sins will block us from God. We thought we are committed and dedicated to God, but at the end, we are only doing what we think is right.
SECTION TWO V7-9 THE LEVITE GAVE UP HIS IDENTITY
V7 ‘Now there was a young man from Bethlehem in Judah, of the family of Judah; he was a Levite, and was staying there.’ God appointed the Levites to serve in the Temple of God, but this Levite left his appointed place and became a foreigner.
V8 ‘The man departed from the city of Bethlehem in Judah to stay wherever he could find a place. Then he came to the mountains of Ephraim, to the house of Micah, as he journeyed.’ In the confused and sinful generation, even the Levites gave up their identity as the servants of God. God called us to be His royal priests and holy nation, but do we treasure the identity God has given to us?
SECTION THREE V10-13 LIVED IN THE LIVES OF BLINDNESS
V10 ‘Micah said to him, “Dwell with me, and be a father and a priest to me, and I will give you ten shekels of silver per year, a suit of clothes, and your sustenance.” So the Levite went in.’ Micah appointed the Levite to be his priest. The father image was missing in Micah’s life, and therefore Micah appointed his own authority, the Levite, who left his appointed authority. Who do we choose to follow and to become our authority for us to connect with God?
V11 ‘Then the Levite was content to dwell with the man; and the young man became like one of his sons to him.’ Micah only knew that the young man was a Levite, and did not know if this Levite was living a life pleasing to God. Moreover, he made this young man like his own son, instead of honour him as an authority.
V12-13 ‘So Micah consecrated the Levite, and the young man became his priest, and lived in the house of Micah. Then Micah said, “Now I know that the Lord will be good to me, since I have a Levite as priest!”’ Micah thought what he did was according to the Will of God, he thought by doing what he did, he could be blessed by God. Do we also know God’s Will? At the beginning of 2023, God is talking to us, the first of January was on a Sunday, and the first day of the Chinese New Year was also on a Sunday. Because God wants us to know that He wants us to honour Him first, to seek Him first, and to serve Him first. God has spoken to His people, do we have the attentive ears to hear?
This is a great warning for us, to examine into our lives, do we put God first? Stop living in our own agenda, our own sinfulness, our own confusion, and our own wilfulness. Be the Light of this world, and shine like Jesus shines; let our lives bring Heaven on earth and let God’s Will be done on this earth as it is in Heaven.
士师记 17 – 在罪中打转
V10 米迦在成长中缺乏父亲，于是为自己找了一个“父亲”- 他是一个丢弃了自己利未人身份的人。米迦让这个利未人成为自己和神之间的桥梁。我们的父亲、我们的神不是我们可以为自己选的。我们是否只听别人讲话好听就听他们而不看那人的真实生命？