July 22, Reading 1 – Judges 17, 18

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SAA Notes

The next two pieces of history come from early in Israel’s possession of Palestine. Micah and his idolatry are but the backdrop for the story of the Levite. This man sold his birthright like Esau for a mess of pottage, for fame and status! God’s people have not changed! Thank the Lord for our Lord Jesus who can overcome us!

SJA Notes

“In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”

It was not just Samson! This plague of sin was throughout God’s people.

We see idolatry mixed into all sides of this story, and a very limited understanding of the Lord – Micah believed God to be a genie in a lamp that brings prosperity if he had the right elements in his household.

The writer of Judges points us to the problem.

“In those days there was no king in Israel.”

Jesus as King is the answer to idolatry. For Israel then, and for us now!

Because if He is our King, our hearts are His. We have no other. Our eye is singular, our hearts made new, steadfast in His steadfastness, faithful in His lasting faithfulness.

* God Above,

Thank You that in Jesus we have a king that captures our hearts and minds, who saves our souls.

Please wash us clean today from the muck of the world.

Thank You for Your saving work we see fulfilled in Jesus, promised to Israel beforehand, blessing for all nations.

Thank You Lord!

Amen.

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