Judges Chapter Eighteen (Part Two)

Introduction: A key idea in the book of Judges is that God blesses obedience and punishes disobedience. Today, we will continue to discuss the apostasy or falling away of God’s people with emphasis on the Danite migration.

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Read Judges 18:12-31
2. Danite Migration (continued).
The soldiers stopped by Micah’s house on the way. They took Micah’s idols and religious items along with his priest. Micah gathers some men and chases after the Danite army. The Danites intimidated Micah and sent him home. They went on to conquer Laish and renamed it Dan. However, there they practiced idolatry.

Applications –
- Stealing and idolatry.
Notice in vss. 14-17 that we see both stealing and idolatry. First, we know that stealing is sin. When we take what doesn’t belong to us from a person or a place that is stealing. But it also stealing/robbing, when fail to pay our tithes and give our offerings to the Lord.

Second, we know that idolatry is sin. Whenever we put anything on the same level or in the vicinity of God’s importance, we are involved in idolatry. Our family, friends, possessions, status, and even ourselves can be idols.

Let’s work on avoiding the sins of stealing and idolatry. If we give our best to understanding and obeying God’s will, God will take care of us in such a way that we don’t need to steal nor seek anything from an idol.

- Bigger is not always better. Notice in vss. 19-20 that the Priest probably thought that bigger would be better – more people to serve, instead of just one person. In like manner, there are those who believe that bigger is always better today. It may be a bigger church, job, car, home, or any number of things.

The truth is that bigger is not always better. Somethings that are bigger are just bigger headaches. As we seek God’s will, we should look beyond just the numbers. There are some subjective things that should go into our decision making.

And God has a way of giving us peace of mind, even when our explanations are unsatisfying. Let’s work on seeking to obey God’s will, not just chasing after numbers.

- Intimidation. Notice in vss. 24-26 that there is intimidation and walking away from a bad situation. First, there are some people who practice intimidation. They try to make you feel small and make themselves look big.

Second, we should strive to make God look big, not ourselves. We should help people see themselves as they really are before God. The obedient should see God as a great provider. The disobedient should see God as a great punisher.

Third, we should seek God’s wisdom about knowing when to stay and fight or when to leave to fight another day. There is no one size fit all. The prayerful study of and obedience to God’s word with the support of other disciples, wise counsel, and God given peaceful conscious can help you discern when to fight and when to flee. Let’s work on dealing with intimidation in godly ways.

- Blessed and connected. Notice in vss. 27-28 that Laish was richly blessed but easily destroyed because of their isolation. First, we should be thankful for the many blessings that God has showered into our lives.

Second, we should strive to be wise stewards of what God has given us, which will often result in our having more to be thankful for and to bless others with. Third, we should also work on being in relationships with others. This should be easy to see as it relates to church. We are all members of one body.

But this idea applies to our families, friends, jobs, businesses, communities, and country. We should strive to love others, as we love ourselves. In so doing, we make friends who can help us, when we need them. And we should help them, when they need us. Let’s work on being blessed and connected.

- Remembering our history. Notice in vs. 29 that the people of Dan renamed Laish as Dan, in honor of their fore parent. In like manner, it is important for us to remember our fore parents. Some of our fore parents set great examples for being faithful to God. And some of our fore parents set great examples for what not to do.

We should be mindful of both sets of lessons, so we can grow from them and be even better examples for those who are coming along behind us. Let’s work on remember lessons from our fore parents. The point is about remembering, not being stuck in the past.

- Continued idolatry. Notice in vss. 30-31 that the idolatry of the text continued. First, as noted above, we are guilty of idolatry whenever anyone or anything competes with God being number one in our lives.

Second, God may allow us to experience some blessings, in spite of our wrong doing. Think about how the wicked seem to get away with so much. Third, when God gets ready, we will all have to give an account for our sins.

We should not think that because we have been doing wrong for so long that God is alright with it. God is simply giving us enough time to repent and making it obvious that His judgment is justified, if we don’t repent. Let’s work on turning from sin to living by God’s will.

Conclusion: Let’s work on being obedient, instead of disobedient. God has much for those who obey His will.

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