每日诗歌: 親愛主,牽我手 (http://www.mbcsfv.org/chinese/library/hymncampanions/045.html)
Judges 18 [Read]
Judges 19 [Read]
Luke 10:25-42 [Read]
Subtlety of Scripture is beautiful. Instead of teaching biblical truth directly, the writers sometimes resorted to subtle statements. It’s up to the readers to identify those jewels in the seemingly plain words. With meditation and enlightenment of the Holy Spirit, we may then apply those important lessons to our daily life. This is what makes the Bible reading so fulfilling.
The story of Danites in Judges 18 is a classic example of such subtlety. Five warriors were sent out to spy the land for a place to settle. Instead of receiving their allotted land (Jos 19:40-46), they went out on their own to find some places else. They found Laish. Even though they were reluctant in receiving their inheritance, they were enthusiastic in grabbing the land of their own choice (18:9).
However, they still wanted God’s guidance, and the idols and priest of Micah provided the ideal alternative. Micah and his mother made idols and ephod for their own worship, and he even got a priest for himself (17:4-5). They had no problem robbing God’s glory and, ironically, they were robbed themselves by the Danites. Such idol worship became a tradition, and Dan became one of the two places where Jeroboam set up a golden calf (1 Kg 12:29).
But the greatest subtlety was in how the author started and ended Judges 18. In 18:1, we read “in those days Israel had no king”. Because of that, everyone did as he saw fit (17:6). Micah saw it fit to establish his own idols and priest, Danites saw it fit to find their own land for settlement, and Danties also saw it fit to grab the idols from Micah and ordained a priest for their own tribe (18:19), while in reality, “all the time the house of God was in Shiloh” (18:31). There was a King, but he was just not being consulted or worshipped.
Do we give in to this kind of subtlety in our walk with the Lord? Do we leave our King aside and not consult or worship him as we should? If we do, be glad that our Lord is always ready to welcome us back with opened arms. He understands our weaknesses, and he wants us to see those ourselves as well and come back to him for help. “For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Cor 12:10).
Keep on reading, the end of Judges is in sight.