Now there was a young man of Bethlehem in Judah of the clan of Judah. He was a Levite residing there. This man left the town of Bethlehem in Judah, to live wherever he could find a place. He came to the house of Micah in the hill country of Ephraim to carry on his work....Then Micah said to him, "Stay with me, and be to me a father and a priest, and I will give you ten pieces of silver a year, a set of clothes, and your living." The Levite agreed to stay with the man; and the young man became to him like one of his sons. Judges 17: 7-8, 10-11 NRSV
At this point you are probably wondering what this story has to do with anything. I think of it as a story in which you must pick out all the things that are wrong in it.
What is wrong with this picture:
Levites are not from the tribe of Judah - Genesis 49: 5-12
Levites are given specific towns to live in - Numbers 35:2
Levites can move around but only to the places where the Lord chooses (not where they want to live) - Deuteronomy 18: 6-8
Levites are to be taken care of through offerings to God and first fruits - Deuteronomy 12:19, 14:27 & 17:2ff
Levites are to serve God, not household idols - Numbers 8:19
Levites are for the community and can live there but not for one family - Deuteronomy 12:12
Can you find anything else wrong with this story?
Can you find anything wrong with your own life, especially something contrary to scripture?
God, we try to follow you but we keep doing wrong things. Give us eyes to see and soften our hearts. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
Question of the day: Would someone else be able to pick out the wrong things in your life before you could?
Copyright 2009 Amelia G. Sims