Judges 17 and 18
record the story of a man named
who built a shrine
(This man should not to be confused with the prophet Micah.)
Micah did was
The author of the Book of Judges includes the story
To teach us some lessons
First, it is clear
Idols stands in Opposition to
The first of the Ten Commandments reads,
“You shall have no other gods
external religious actions are
faith in the true God is
Micah was certainly zealous.
He built a shrine,
made an ephod to use in
fashioned some household idols.
He was excited to have hired his own, personal priest:
“Now I know that the LORD will be good to me,
since this Levite has become my priest”
Micah’s actions were not based on
He sought to serve God the way he wanted,
Not The Way
God had commanded.
When the people of Dan inquired concerning a place to settle,
Micah’s priest told them what they
“wanted to hear”
Go in peace.
Your journey has the LORD’s approval”
Yet the Danites’
was a violent one that resulted
destruction of a peaceful
sinful actions by one person
a long-term impact
The closing verses of this account leave us with these words:
“The Danites set up for themselves the idol,
and Jonathan son of Gershom,
the son of Moses, and his sons were priests for
the tribe of Dan until the time of the
captivity of the land.
They continued to
use the idol
Micah had made,
all the time the house of God was in Shiloh”
Micah’s false gods
false worship among
tribe of Israel
We may not think
actions hurt others,
They can even leave a
years to come.
The Micah of Judges 17—18 offers
not to worship God,
and his story illustrates
according to what we think is best
is given to
guide and protect us,
as well as
Bring Him Glory
As 2 Timothy 3:16–17teaches,
All Scripture is God-breathed
and is useful for
teaching, rebuking, correcting and
training in righteousness,
so that the servant of God may
equipped for every good work.”
was the king of Judah
approximately 640 to 609 B.C.
His reign in Jerusalem
is discussed in 2 Kings 22–23 and 2 Chronicles 34–35.
Josiah was the son of
King Amon and the grandson of King Manasseh--
both of them wicked kings of Judah.
Yet Josiah was a godly king and known as one of the
world’s youngest kings;
he began his reign at age 8 after his father was assassinated.
A highlight of Josiah’s reign
Law of the Lord.
Second Kings 22:2
introduces Josiah by saying, “
And he did what
was right in the eyes of the
LORD and walked in all the way of
David his father,
and he did not turn
aside to the right or to the left.”
In the eighteenth year of his reign,
he raised money to
repair the temple,
and during the repairs the high priest Hilkiah found the
Book of the Law.
When Shapan the secretary read it to Josiah,
the king tore his clothes,
a sign of mourning and repentance
(2 Kings 22:10–11).
called for a time of
The Law was read to the people of the land,
and a covenant
made between the people and the Lord: “
The king stood by the pillar and made a
covenant before the LORD,
to walk after the LORD and to keep his
his testimonies and his statutes with all his heart
and all his soul, to perform the words of this
covenant that were written in this book.
And all the people joined in the covenant
” (2 Kings 23:3).
Many reforms followed.
The temple was cleansed
objects of pagan
and the idolatrous
land were demolished.
Josiah restored the observance of the
(2 Kings 23:2–23)
removed mediums and witches from the land.
Second Kings 23:25 records,
“Before him there was no king like him,
who turned to the LORD with all his heart
and with all his soul
and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moses,
nor did any like him arise after him.”
God’s wrath would later come upon Judah
due to the evil King Manasseh had done
(2 Kings 23:25),
but the judgment was delayed
because of Josiah’s
godly life and leadership
(2 Kings 22:20).
Josiah died in battle against the Egyptian Pharaoh Necho at Megiddo.
King Josiah was buried in Jerusalem
in his own tomb,
and his son Jehoahaz took the role of king.
Much can be learned from Josiah’s life that is positive. First, Josiah shows the influence a person can have from a very young age. Even children have enormous potential to live for God and to have great impact.
Second, Josiah lived a life fully
obedient to God and was blessed for it.
properly responded to
By the time he became king,
had long been neglected,
and Josiah’s heart was smitten by the
failure of his people
to honor God’s Word.
Josiah had Scripture read to the people and
made a commitment to live by it. “‘
Because your heart was responsive
and you humbled yourself before the Lord
when you heard what I have spoken . . .
I also have heard you,’ declares the Lord
” (2 Kings 22:19).