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Sunday, March 9 2014
Judges 17: Micah's Levite
"Every man did that which was right in his own eyes"
Micah (not to be confused with the prophet by the same name who wrote the Biblical book of Micah; see Micah: Swords Into Plowshares) was a man who lived in the lawless times of the Judges (see Judges 2: The Rise Of The Judges) when "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). It was a time of self "righteousness."
"17:1 And there was a man of mount Ephraim [see 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.
As transliterated from the Hebrew (i.e. spoken and/or written in another language according to the way that it is pronounced in its actual language), Micah is an abbreviated form of Micaiah (the English form of the name is Michael) which means who is like the LORD, but this particular Micah most certainly did not live up to his name's calling - nor did the Levite who prostituted 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.
Micah decided for himself that the LORD would be pleased with him (a religious fantasy that millions of people are deluded by today; see Who Can Be Saved? and Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?) 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.
Fact Finder: What were the Levites supposed to do? Why did the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) create the Levite Priesthood?
This Day In History, March 9
141 BC: Liu Che, known as Emperor Wu of Han, assumed the throne of the Han Dynasty of China.
632: The last public sermon of Muhammad, the founder of his religion of Islam (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1074: Pope Gregory VII excommunicated all married Roman Catholic priests.
1276: Augsburg became an Imperial Free City.
1496: Jews were expelled from Carintha, Austria.
1796: Napoleon Bonaparte married Josephine de Beauharnais, widow of a French officer who was executed during the revolution.
1812: Swedish Pomerania was taken by Napoleon.
1831: The French Foreign Legion was founded in Algeria by King Louis Philippe.
1873: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) was established.
1888: Wilhelm I, Emperor of Germany and King of Prussia from 1861, died.
1916: Pancho Villa and 1,500 Mexican cavalry troops raided New Mexico.
1933: State Police ("Gestapo" is the German abbreviation for "the State Police") in Nazi Germany opened the Dachau concentration camp, near Munich.
1936: The German press warned that all Jews who voted in the upcoming elections would be arrested.
1945: The Bombing of Tokyo by the U.S. Army Air Force began; it became one of the most destructive bombing raids in history.
1961: The Russian Sputnik 9 carried a dog into orbit.
1968: General William Westmoreland requested 206,000 more U.S. troops to become involved in the Vietnam civil war (earlier French imperialism in southeast Asia resulted in the ancient nation of Vietnam being divided into North and South Vietnam, a foreign-imposed partition of the Vietnamese people that did not end until the early 1970s after the U.S. had involved itself in the Vietnamese civil conflict for over a decade).
1986: U.S. Navy divers found the crew compartment of the space shuttle Challenger, along with the remains of the astronauts, nearly 6 weeks after the disaster.
1992: Former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin died at age 78. He and President Anwar Sadat of Egypt were awarded the Nobel peace prize in 1978 for the Camp David Peace Accord.
1995: A Canadian Coast Guard ship fired upon and arrested the fleeing Spanish ship Estai after pursuing it out into international waters off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. The Spanish ship was observed violating Canadian law within Canadian waters; as well, a Canadian Navy submarine later recovered the net that the Spanish ship cut while being pursued and found it to have an illegal small-mesh liner that was "vacuuming the ocean" of fish of all sizes, thereby exterminating future fish stocks. The seizure of the Spanish ship and its crew led to weeks of political tension and an escalating high-seas warship standoff between Canada and the rising-superpower European Union (which forced Britain to chose between its European Union membership and "the Canadians that have always been there for us during two world wars" - to which the British government chose Canada; as well, during the crisis hundreds of British fishing boats flew Canadian flags while working off the coast of Europe).
1997: A solar eclipse permitted people in China, Mongolia and eastern Siberia to see the Hale-Bopp Comet during the day.
2010: The first homosexual "marriages" in Washington, D.C. were conducted.
2011: The Space Shuttle Discovery made its final landing after 39 flights.