And he said to his mother, The 1,100 shekels of silver that were taken from you, about which you cursed and also spoke about in my hearing, behold, I have the silver with me; I took it. And his mother said, Blessed be you by the Lord, my son!
He restored the 1,100 shekels of silver to his mother, and she said, I had truly dedicated the silver to the Lord from my hand for my son to make a graven image and a molten image; now therefore, I will restore it to you.
So when he restored the money to his mother, she took 200 pieces of silver and gave them to the silversmith, who made of it a graven image and a molten image; and they were in the house of Micah.
And the man Micah had a house of gods, and he made an ephod and teraphim and dedicated one of his sons, who became his priest.
In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes.
And there was a young man in Bethlehem of Judah, of the family of Judah, who was a Levite; and he sojourned there.
And the man departed from the town of Bethlehem in Judah to sojourn where he could find a place, and as he journeyed he came to the hill country of Ephraim to the house of Micah.
And Micah said to him, From where do you come? And he said to him, I am a Levite of Bethlehem in Judah, and I go to sojourn where I may find a place.
And Micah said to him, Dwell with me and be to me a father and a priest, and I will give you ten pieces of silver each year, a suit of clothes, and your living. So the Levite went in.
And the Levite was content to dwell with the man, and the young man was to Micah as one of his sons.
And Micah consecrated the Levite, and the young man became his priest and was in the house of Micah.
Then said Micah, Now I know that the Lord will favor me, since I have a Levite to be my priest.
Summary: Last Sunday we began a three-part series on the gospel and its alternatives in the gospel of man. We looked at the gospel of law-keeping. The gospel considered now is that of the heart. God already accepts us because he sees the basic good in our hearts.
Summary: Sin follows this pattern
1. You have a person with no moral compass
2. They meet another person with no moral compass
3. They multiply their sin and become spiritually bankrupt themselves and a danger to others.
Summary: This sermon uses spiritual math: one person with no spiritual compass plus another person with no spiritual compass is greater than the sum of the two... it is actually multiplied until they become a black hole of sin sucking in other persons.
Summary: We’re not surprised when we grow physically; we expect it. If, by chance, growth doesn’t occur, we immediately know something is wrong and attempt to uncover the problem. The same is true spiritually
Summary: Mothers’ Day sermon: We need the structure of the home, for there is no substitute for moral living, which means there is no substitute for authentic religious teaching, which in turn means there is no substitute for responsible parenting.
Summary: Vast numbers of people seek their own promotion, forgetting the fact that God is Master Promoter. David wrote, "For promotion comes neither from the east or the west of the south. But, God is one who sets up one and puts down another."
Summary: At the time of the Judges, Israel was out of control and accountable to no one. When God’s revelation is rejected, when we try to live independent of God, things that were once regarded as abominable and appalling are accepted as commonplace.