“There was a man of mount Ephraim, whose name was Micah.” “One day he said to his mother, “I heard you placed a curse on the person who stole 1,100 pieces of silver from you. Well, I have the money. I was the one who took it. The LORD bless you for admitting it,” His mother replied “Judges 17:1-2 NLT.
Now the mother of Micah in the story had committed 1,100 shekels of silver to the one true God, but watch what happens. The Biblical Meaning of the number 11 is a disorganization of systems, and the overall disorder or chaos of things. In this story it represents a church system.
Judges 17:4 “So when he returned the money to his mother, she took 200 silver coins and gave them to a silversmith, who made them into an image and an idol. And these were placed in Micah’s house” NLT. What idols have we placed in our houses? Sports, Hollywood, Social media, wealth, the favor of man?
Micah had religion. His mother had religion. They needed something shiny to look at, so they built an idol and an image. Idols may not be something you think about often because you say, “I would never have an idol crafted like a golden calf to worship”, but idols come in many different colors and today some of ours are more perverse than theirs. We create our own God, a gentle, loving, cuddly, feel good God. We sing songs, we pray, we worship the God in a way we see fit and then we place Him back in the box until it’s convenient to pull Him out again. At times we run full speed to HIM, like when we have a tragedy or adversity and need Him terribly to intervene. When we skip down to verse 6, it really speaks loudly.
“In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes” Judges 17:6 NASB.
When this woman wanted to do something spiritual for the one true God, she decided to dedicate some of this money to the Lord Adonai. She gave two hundred dollars and that number means, “Insufficiency”. As soon as she gets the money back that she had dedicated to HaShem she rushes out and finds a silversmith. Please make something I can see–something golden I can look at for my God. This makes her feel like she did something spiritual with the money. She doesn’t know what pleases Hashem. She thinks she can buy her way into His presence. Led Zeppelin, Stairway to heaven, has a chorus that implies one can buy a stairway to heaven. We cannot buy our way to heaven. “Now this man Micah had a shrine, and he made an ephod and some idols and installed one of his sons as his priest” Judges 17:5 NLT. He has set up CHURCH…But it’s insufficient and out of order.
Micah made his son a priest. Isn’t the Father supposed to teach the son? He elects his son to be a priest in his false church system. . Do you see the irony in the situation? Just like the number 11, it is disorder in the foulest sense and yet I have seen it in our assemblies. I have seen men placed in positions of honor due to tithes, who they knew and what titles they carried. Because Christianity has a mixed form of worship, my husband and I were both placed in positions when we didn’t even know the true meaning of being Torah observant or keeping His Feast. We had no idea what salvation truly meant or where it came from. Jesus-Yeshua told a woman at the well that she didnt know what she worsipped but that salvation was of the Jews. He said He came for the lost tribes of the House of Israel. We said come up front and ask Jesus to come inside your heart…
The Bible says, “Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord” James 5:14 NLT. This next scripture and really the whole chapter is about not just electing anyone. “Never be in a hurry about appointing a church leader. Do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure” 1 Timothy 5:22 NLT. Even in this day and age of light spreading forth, we still need to pray and wait on who we elect and place in positions of authority.
Once Micah had anointed his son he knew he needed a priest that was a Levite and luck would have it that one just so happen to knock on his door. Satan (The adversary) comes as an angel of Light and sometimes he knocks right on the door. Rashi writes that the man was only a Levite from his mother’s side, but from the tribe of Judah on his father’s side. He lacked the status of being a Levite.
“Stay here with me,” Micah said, “and you can be a father and priest to me. I will give you ten pieces of silver a year, plus a change of clothes and your food.” The Levite agreed to this, and the young man became like one of Micah’s sons” Judges 17:6-11 NLT. He has now been hired by Micah to be paid to be his priest.
And Micah consecrated the Levite. Consecrated, means that he has been ordained to a sacred office! This just keeps getting more perverted.
Can you see what is wrong with this? This priest is a priest of Micah, and not a priest of Yahweh. You may be thinking, well Micah and his mother probably lived far away from the true tabernacle, the true priest from the lineage of Aaron and the Ark of the Covenant. I’m sure they had a good reason. No, they lived 10 miles away. This priest gets paid to do what Micah says is the right thing to do. This priest is under Micah’s house. Notice at the beginning of this story Micah’s mother wanted the money to give to the one true God Yahweh. This Levite has not been called by HaShem to go there and do this false system, we know that. But He does it for the room and the board and the pay.
We can be so close to the heart of Abba and miss it by trying to set up our own church the way we see fit. We have to follow the pattern just like he told Moses. They were 10 miles from where the HOLY of HOLIES dwelled. Look how the enemy used this whole situation. If you continue to read this story, it gets worse before it gets better.
I just want to close by saying, let’s recheck our hearts and our worship. What shiny thing do we have our eyes on? Don’t live 10 miles from the truth.
Photography by Bonnie Manning.