- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Judge 17
The second section of the book of Judges, chapters 17-21, describes general life of the Israelites. “In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit,” (v.6) explains it.
It begins with Micah’s family. A certain Micah whose mother gave him a large sum of silver and he elect a family shrine containing silver image. The covenant of God for Israel forbid the use of graven and molten images (Exodus 20:4). “An ephod and teraphim,” were cult object, an idol, used for divination.
Micah invites a Levite from Bethlehem, a city in Judah, to be family priest. This story shows that everyone did as he saw fit, saying, “Now I know that the Lord will be good to me, since this Levite has become my priest.” (v.13). The Levite at this time enjoyed a certain prestige to act as priests when necessary.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?