DEAL WITH SIN OR GOD WILL DEAL WITH YOU
Having a God who gives you what you want
Jerry A Collins
v How do we create our own gods?
v Why do we want to create our own gods?
v What happens to us when we create our own gods?
you, we had bullies in our neighborhood. Guys like Larry K. who found pleasure
in making life miserable for me and for some of my brothers. Jim Braden, Gary
Moore, and Tony Kayson were some others along with
Rich Reedy and Vic Shallow. Guys who for one reason or
another always messed with me or us. I remember one time, Larry K.
chasing my brother, George who curled up in a ball and all Larry could do was
pound on his back while he was wearing a think winter jacket not making a dent.
He finally yelled that he was going to get his bigger brother, Kenny, to beat
him up. But there were times when we would get into fights ourselves with one
another. It was one thing to face threats from without but the ones that were
internal, between us brothers, were much more
difficult to solve and indicated an internal decay worse than the outer threats
to us. For the past three chapters, we
have had described a threat from the outside, in this case the Philistines.
Samson checked this threat in his many exploits. But now a second problem, much
more ominous and harder to define and much more difficult to solve, is
internal. What we will soon discover in weighing the relative dangers of
external threats and internal decay is that Judges underscores internal decay
as the greater problem. This is seen in these final chapters of Judges, 17-21,
which culminate the message of the book itself. Two main events are
highlighted; the move of the tribe of Dan and the Benjaminite
civil war. All is summed up in one phrase which stands in stark contrast to the
preaching of Moses, Joshua, and later reformers like Samuel—all of whom
attempted to help
BY DETERMINING THE WILL OF GOD APART FROM WORD OF GOD
These two chapters are about the religious man named Micah.
1. He steals his mothers money after she places a curse upon the incident not knowing it was her son who had done so 1-2. So we question Micah’s integrity from the get-go.
2. He confessed and she is so happy she uses some of the returned cash to have her son make a carved image from it 2-4. God’s blessing is invoked throughout the incident vs 2-3. As if God is party to all that is being said and done.
3. Micah is a very religious man—had his own shrines, his own idols, and his son consecrated as a priest for him vs 5. This was a direct violation of Num 3:5-10, Aaron and his sons were to be the priests. Any others who tried it were to be put to death. Again, we have to question this man’s integrity.
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5. The conclusion vs 13, Micah says Now I know the Lord will prosper me, seeing I have a Levite as priest. Now what is wrong with this picture? Vs 6 says every man did what was right in his own eyes. Micah determined the will of God by 1) his circumstances, 2) the word of other people, 3) opportunity. Micah followed all three of these and he even believed that God would prosper him by having this priest which was a violation of the Word of God. But this is how internal decay works—you actually believe you can determine the will of God without the Word of God using circumstances, opportunities and agreement of others that violate that Word and believe God will agree! When you plan to disobey God, Satan will pave the way for your disobedience. Even if he did not, you would find one on your own. And you would find someone to confirm it as being the rite plan—maybe even a clergy.
BY SEEKING APPROVAL FOR WHAT WE WANT RATHER THAN WHAT GOD WANTS
we are reminded again that there is no king in
BY REMOVING THE NEED TO HAVE TO TRUST GOD TO TAKE CARE OF YOU
First, they find a peaceful people isolated form others vs 7. Just the right spot. No rowdy neighbors and no security threats. They came back home and told the Danites to get up there quick and take it vs 8-10. They concluded for God has given it into your hand. Because the circumstances are favorable we can say God has given it. But we already know God had given them land that was not favorable nut would have to be fought for and won. It would not be easy. But we think God wants it easy. The spiritual life is a cakewalk and we deserve heaven now. Notice, it is God’s will for us to be there and notice, PROSPERITY is the test!
Second, they return to Micah’s house and want to take his idols with them 16-20 so they steal them. The priest attempted to stop them so they bribe him with more money if he comes with them. They have a bigger congregation 19-20. His heart was glad for more butts in the seats. Micah given raw deal and forced to go home losing his idols and his priest 21- 26. The Danites kill the people of Laish and rename it Dan setting Micahs images in the house of God 27-31. Be careful of plans and lifestyle where you only have to take care of yourself and don’t have to trust God to take care of you. God told the Danites to take the territory He assigned to them and thet He would take care of them. The Danites had a better idea—they would find a territory that would take care of them. God’s plan required they go to war. And it was not easy. Watch out for easy battles made easier by our choosing not to have to trust God. The battles God has for you will probably be hard ones—because then you have to trust Him. Someone will always try to make those easier.