Today’s reading: Judges 17

Key Verse: In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes. Judges 17:6

Micah means “Who is like Yahweh?” A mother who would give her son a name like this must have had some awareness of God.  Nevertheless, Micah mother was a lady who had a real lack of respect for God’s word. She was a woman who lacked integrity. Fer words were meaningless; she said one thing, even in the name of the Lord but did another. She refused to submit to the God-ordained ministry in Shiloh and set up her son with a shrine so that she could remain in control.

Her influence continues to manifest itself in her son; Micah’s life.

Micah and his mother are two representatives of their fellow man. Verse 6 states, “all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.” The people had developed a fusion of godly appearance and speech with selfishness and dishonesty. A problem that is not unusual today.

It is not enough to look or sound spiritual. It is not enough to place a fish symbol on your car or a cross around your neck. Jesus asked the people in Luke 6:45, “”So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?” Jesus could have definitely asked Micah and his mother the same question, but how about us? What areas of our life are we doing whatever seems right in our own eyes, rather than obeying what the Word of God commands. By whom’s standard of conduct are we living?

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