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Suggested Readings To Read Through The Bible In A Year

Friday   April 30, 2010   Judges 17-18 and Psalm 77

Judges 17:6

In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.

  Those words seem to be the major theme for the next few chapters of the book of Judges as the author gives to us a glimpse of what life was like in those days. The story of Micah and the Danites gives us a picture of what happens when people begin to live by what feels good and right rather than what the Word of God declares to be right.

  Chapter 17 begins with a woman declaring a curse on the person who stole her silver. Her son, Micah, hears that curse and quickly confesses that he was the one who took his mother’s silver. She then pronounces a blessing on him in the name of the Lord - evidently to counter the curse that she had declared. Then the story gets really strange. After saying that she was going to consecrate her silver to the Lord, she commissioned a silversmith to create an idol for her son to place in his home and worship. The strangeness of the story continues when Micah hires a Levite to become his personal priest . . . and increases when the men of Dan come and steal the idols and the priest . . .

  In this story we see several of the commands of God that were broken. God had said (1) do not make any graven images or idols and by all means do not worship them: (2) Only the sons of Aaron are to be priests: (3) All the sacrifices are to be offered at the tabernacle where the ark of the covenant is housed: (4) Blessing was the outcome of obedience and not ritual observance: Those were some of the things that God had spoken clearly through Moses and Joshua, yet here Micah and the people of Dan are breaking all these commands and giving the Lord glory and credit. Their theology was totally messed up! Why are we reading these stories today? Why are they included in the Bible? These real life stories have been recorded to show us what happens to the culture that forgets the Word of the Lord – to show us what happens when we live by what feels right rather than what God says is right. The person, or the family, or the nation that loses the knowledge of God cannot stand. There will come a day when everything that is built without the knowledge of God will come crashing down . . . that is the message the author is trying to tell us.

  For me, the story in Judges this morning is a reminder of just how important it is for those of us who are fully committed followers of Jesus Christ to be living according to God’s word and to be praying for our nation. As we read the decisions that are being made in our court systems, and the laws being passed by our government it is evident that our culture has forgotten the knowledge of God. We can throw up our hands and say oh well — or we can take up spiritual arms and begin to pray for the mercy and grace of God to be poured out in such a way that will bring a nation changing revival that will turn our nation back to God!

Suggested Readings To Read Through The Bible In A Year

Friday     April 30, 2010  Judges 17-18 and Psalm 77

Saturday May 1, 2010    Judges 19-21 and Proverbs 15

Sunday   May 2, 2010     Romans 1-3 and Proverbs 16

Monday  May 3, 2010     Romans 4-6 and Proverbs 17:1-14

Tuesday May 4, 2010     Romans 7-9 and Proverbs 17:15-28


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