Self-Importance

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Today's reading: Judges 17:7-18:20

When Micah meets a young Levite who has left Bethlehem in search of another place to live, he offers him employment as his family's personal priest. Judges 17:11-12 tells us, "And the Levite was content to dwell with the man [Micah], and the young man became to him like one of his sons. And Micah ordained the Levite, and the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Micah."

At some point after this, five men on a scouting mission from the tribe of Dan stop by Micah's house for lodging, where they then meet and learn about Micah's Levite. Not long after this, the five men, along with 600 warriors, again stop at the home of Micah. This time, however, their visit is not for lodging but for the sole purpose of taking Micah's priest, his ephod and the other idols he possesses. But the method the men of Dan use to secure the Levite and spiritual items isn't warfare. They simply appeal to the Levite's ego. They entice him away by puffing him up, telling him how much more status, power and importance he will have by being a priest for a whole tribe versus one little family. And their approach works wonderfully. They get what they want and no blood is shed.

"'Is it better for you to be priest to the house of one man, or to be priest to a tribe and clan in Israel?' And the priest's heart was glad. He took the ephod and the household gods and the carved image and went along with the people." (Judges 18:19-20)

What a powerful example of how self-centered, self-important thinking—wants, status, possessions, jobs, bank accounts and a need to feel important and noticed—can cloud and corrupt our thinking and decisions. There's a lot to think about today from this passage, particularly the choices made by the Levite.

What's one lesson or point that stood out to you from this account, and why? Tami

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What's one lesson or point that stood out to you from this account, and why?
Tami,

One lesson that I have come away with is that God is not in His rightful place in these men's/and Micah's mother;s thoughts and lives.
Their priorities were not to obey the true God and please Him,
but were out to please themselves.They were looking out for Number 1 self!

I see that Betty L. Wiersbe passed away Oct.25,1929- June 15,2019
Her husband,Wareen Wiersbe passed away on May 2,2019

Wanda,

I totally agree that each of these people were more interested in themselves and their money, possessions, status, etc. than following after God. It’s sad but a good example for us of how susceptible we all are of drifting away from what’s right.

As for the Wiersbes, I didn’t realize that Mrs. Wiersebe had passed too. What a godly couple. I never had the opportunity to work with Warren (he was at Back to the Bible before me and then came back for a short period in the last few years after I had left). I did get to meet him and Betty once at a BttB banquet, but that’s it. I can only imagine how they are rejoicing right now with Jesus.

Tami Weissert

Tami, I enjoyed reading your comment to this lesson!
Yes, the Wiersbes couple both loved each other dearly and they both loved and served the Lord with zeal and purpose!
Two great ones to be in the Lord's presences!!
Oh what a treat you had to meet this godly couple!

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