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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Know What To Do

Then the five men who had spied out the land of Laish said to their fellow Danites, "Do you know that one of these houses has an ephod, some household gods and an image overlaid with silver? Now you know what to do." (Judges 18:14 NIV)

The tribe of Dan found out that this young Levite became a priest-for-hire in Micah’s house, worshipping multiple gods (including a silver statue of the one true God).  There were so many things wrong with this picture that it must be stopped.  Yes, they knew what to do.

So they turned in there and went to the house of the young Levite at Micah's place and greeted him. The six hundred Danites, armed for battle, stood at the entrance of the gate. The five men who had spied out the land went inside and took the idol, the ephod and the household gods while the priest and the six hundred armed men stood at the entrance of the gate. When the five men went into Micah's house and took the idol, the ephod and the household gods, the priest said to them, "What are you doing?" (Judges 18:15-18 NIV)

What are they doing?  They’re putting a stop to this.  Micah and this young Levite are in complete rebellion against God, the Covenant Agreement (which we call the Ten Commandments), and against God’s Law.  They must be stopped.  In fact, by the Law of their day, they should be put to death.  Perhaps that is what the tribe of Dan will do…

They answered him, "Be quiet! Don't say a word. Come with us, and be our father and priest. Isn't it better that you serve a tribe and clan in Israel as priest rather than just one man's household?" The priest was very pleased. He took the ephod, the household gods and the idol and went along with the people. (Judges 18:19-20 NIV)

Wow…that was unexpected.  No, the tribe of Dan did not know what to do.  They just made things worse.  They didn’t follow God’s Covenant Agreement or Law.  They just took the rebellious “worship” and made it more popular, affecting more people.

How about you?  Do you know God’s First Covenant (10 Commandments), Levitical Law, and Final Covenant (Through Jesus)?  Do you know how to approach God in worship and prayer?  Do you know what to do?