“27 Then they took what Micah had made, and his priest, and went on to Laish, against a people at peace and secure. They attacked them with the sword and burned down their city. 28 There was no one to rescue them because they lived a long way from Sidon and had no relationship with anyone else. The city was in a valley near Beth Rehob. The Danites rebuilt the city and settled there. 29 They named it Dan after their ancestor Dan, who was born to Israel—though the city used to be called Laish. 30 There 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. 31 They continued to use the idol Micah had made, all the time the house of God was in Shiloh.”
The Danite priests were the grandson and great grandsons of Moses. And they worshiped an idol; an idol made by the mother of Micah.
The actions of Micah’s mother affected the actions of her son and eventually an entire tribe of Israel.
We do not live in a vacuum. We cannot spew hate and expect love. We cannot teach retribution and expect forgiveness. We cannot worship idols and expect the world to know God.
If our actions and words do not reflect the example of Christ in the world, then the world will never know Christ.
Transformation begins with us.
May the love of Christ be with you,
Rev. Eric Lanier (Retired)