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Micah's Levite

Micah (not to be confused with the prophet by the same name who wrote the Biblical book of Micah) was a man who lived in the lawless times of the Judges. With all of those "judges," it seemingly should have been the other way, but very often they were simply charismatic misleaders who ignored God's Law and judged for themselves what was "right" i.e. "17:6 In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes" Judges 17:6 KJV). Micah's thieving and idolatrous family was a product of the time.

"17:1 And there was a man of mount Ephraim, whose name was Micah. 17:2 And he said unto his mother, The eleven hundred shekels of silver that were taken from thee, about which thou cursedst, and spakest of also in mine ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it.

And his mother said, Blessed be thou of the LORD, my son.

17:3 And when he had restored the eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, his mother said, I had wholly dedicated the silver unto the LORD from my hand for my son, to make a graven image and a molten image: now therefore I will restore it unto thee.

17:4 Yet he restored the money unto his mother; and his mother took two hundred shekels of silver, and gave them to the founder, who made thereof a graven image and a molten image: and they were in the house of Micah." (Judges 17:1-4 KJV)

"Every man did that which was right in his own eyes"

In Hebrew, Micah is an abbreviated form of Micaiah (the English form of the name is Michael) which means who is like the LORD, but this Micah most certainly did not live up to his name's calling. Nor did the Levite who hired himself to be Micah's personal idol priest.


"17:5 And the man Micah had an house of gods, and made an ephod, and teraphim, and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest. 17:6 In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

17:7 And there was a young man out of Bethlehemjudah of the family of Judah, who was a Levite, and he sojourned there. 17:8 And the man departed out of the city from Bethlehemjudah to sojourn where he could find a place: and he came to mount Ephraim to the house of Micah, as he journeyed.

17:9 And Micah said unto him, Whence comest thou?

And he said unto him, I am a Levite of Bethlehemjudah, and I go to sojourn where I may find a place.

17:10 And Micah said unto him, Dwell with me, and be unto me a father and a priest, and I will give thee ten shekels of silver by the year, and a suit of apparel, and thy victuals. So the Levite went in. 17:11 And the Levite was content to dwell with the man; and the young man was unto him as one of his sons." (Judges 17:5-11 KJV)

And so Micah decided for himself that the LORD would be pleased with him because he had a religious harlot "Levite" serving the idols in his home.

"17:12 And Micah consecrated the Levite; and the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Micah.

17:13 Then said Micah, Now know I that the LORD will do me good, seeing I have a Levite to my priest." (Judges 17:12-13 KJV)"

Fact Finder: (a) What were the Levites chosen to do? (b) How was the High Priest of the Levites to be a portrayal of the coming Christ?
(a) See Levites
(b) See What Is Jesus Christ Doing Right Now?

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