Micah Stole His Mother’s Silver
Micah was a man from the hill country of Ephraim. Micah stole 1100 shekels of silver from his mother. When his mother learned that her silver was stolen, she cursed the thief. Micah overheard the curse his mother uttered and changed his mind about stealing it. He decided to confess it to his mother that he stole it. When his mother learned about it, she blessed him instead. After the silver was returned to her, she decided to consecrate 200 shekels of silver to the Lord for his son to make a silver image. She took the 200 shekels of silver and gave it to a silversmith who made them into an idol.
Micah had a shrine which housed an ephod and some household gods. Micah also had one of his sons serve as priest in the shrine. In those days, there was no king in Israel so everyone do as they see fit. A young Levite happened to left the town to find a place to stay. He happened to come to Micah’s house in the hill country of Epraim. Micah persuaded the priest to hire him for 10 shekels of silver. He also promised to provide him his clothes and food. Micah hired the Levite because he thought God would be good to him if he hired a Levite as his priest.
The Danites Stole Micah’s Idol
The Danites did not have any place to settle and they were in the process of finding a new land. They sent 5 leading men to spy the land. On the way, they overheard the voice of the young Levite, whom they were familiared with. They went into Micah’s house and asked the Levite to inquire of God if all will go well with them. The Levite replied that God has approved their journey and it will be successful.
Later, the 5 Danites came to the town of Laish. They found that the town lacks nothing and the people lived peacefully. These people were unsuspecting of attack from enemies and they lived too far away from other towns such as the Sidonians so it is very likely that they will get no help from anyone in war. Therefore, six hundred Danites armed themselves for battle set out for Laish.
On the way, the 5 men turned into Micah’s house and stole the idols, ephod and household gods. When the Levite priest saw this, they told him to keep quiet and persuaded im to be the priest of their tribe instead of just one man’s household. The Levite priest agreed and left with them.
When Micah learned that his priest and the household gods were gone, he chased after them. Finally, when Micah caught up with the Danites, the Danites threatened him that they will attack him if he keeps on arguing with him. Micah cannot fight so many men so he went home.
When the Danites arrived at Laish, they put everyone in the town to sword and burned it down. No one came to the rescue of the people at Laish since they had no relationship with anyone. The Danites rebuilt the city and named it Dan after their ancester. Jonathan, son of Gershom, the son of Moses and his sons became priests for the tribe of Dan. They used the idol lMicah made when the house of God was located at Shiloh.
What Can We Learn from Micah and the Priest and the Danites?
In those days, the people did not know God enough so they worship him in his own ways. Everyone in the story including Micah, the priest and the Danites compromised in idolatry when the house of God was in Shiloh. The Danites are the first to adopt pagan idolatry. They are all not good religious models because they are disobedient by compromising to idolatry. They worshipped idols at the same time just like the Canaanites.
We should be careful not to compromise with the world. It is easy to compromise to worldly culture, festivities, alternative treatments, secular music, rock music, tattoos, piercings and etc. We must always keep God’s commandments in our hearts in everything we do.
For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. (Hebrews 10:26-27 KJV)
If ye love me, keep my commandments. (John 14:16 KJV)
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. (1 John 2:15-17 KJV)
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:2 KJV)
And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness. (1 John 5:19 KJV)
Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. (John 18:36 KJV)
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (Matthew 6:24 KJV)