Focus verses: Judges 17:1-6
We don’t know her name, but this lady causes a lot of trouble. She had lost some money, which her son, Micah, retrieved for her. She invokes the blessing of the Lord upon Micah, and she give him the silver to make a carved image and a cast idol. All in the name of the Lord.
Whoa, here! A carved image and a cast idol. Doesn’t she remember the laws that Moses brought down from the mountain? In Deuteronomy chapter 4 idolatry is called the greatest evil. “Therefore watch yourselves very carefully, so that you do not become corrupt and make for yourselves and idol, an image of any shape…”
So often, we invoke the name of the Lord and then do as we please, not as He has said we ought. We get off course, and we lead our children off course as well. When Micah hires the Levite,he does so in the name of the Lord. But this not the Lord’s doing.
We must be very careful to keep to the straight and narrow track when following the Lord. A tiny deviation doesn’t look bad the first step or two, but carried far enough it will get you far off the path of the Lord.
Help us to keep to Your straight and narrow path. Let us not be lured into calling things by other than the name You gave them. Keep us from deviating from Your path in the slightest area.