“They continued to use the idol Micah had made, all the time the house of God was in Shiloh.” -Judges 18:31
Idols have reemerged as an American icon in recent years. From the idols used in “Survivor,” the highly-viewed “American Idol,” or even the infamous idol scene to open the first Indiana Jones film, such scenes have become commonplace in Western media.
While we in the West often easily dismiss idols as nonsense, those in the time of the Judges often worshiped what their hands had made. When they did, they not only disobeyed God–they also forgot him. It would not be until the time of the final judge, Samuel, that a spiritual revival would expand across the land to point Israel back to the one true God.
The results were horrendous. Judges 18 lists multiple examples of how not to live or lead a land. We may not like the brutal aspects of biblical history, but we would do well to learn from them. Of top importance is treating God as God. Without him, we should expect nothing less than similar negative consequences.
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Dillon Burroughs is the author and coauthor of numerous books and is handwriting a copy of all 31,173 verses of the Bible at HolyWritProject.com. Find out more about Dillon at Facebook.com/readdB or readdB.com.