Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Daily Wisdom

Jdg 18:18 “And they set up Micah’s graven image, which he made all the time that the house of God was in Shiloh.”

Here we see idolatry creep into the tribe of Dan. Dan was the second largest tribe of Israel and the last tribe to receive their inheritance from Joshua in the Promise Land. Shiloh was the religious center for Israel and the remaining eleven tribes, all adult males were required to travel there for certain feasts. For Dan, Shiloh was roughly 80 miles away. That may have been their excuse for not fulfilling their requirements? May be unintentional, but still problematic for Dan as it was for the Israelites when delivered from Egypt (Exo 20:1-5). Aaron fell pray to such miss calculation (Exo 32:4-5). Worshipping images of God is not worshipping. Be it buildings, programs or theme formats. Worship is the sacrificial investment in God’s will and purpose (Gen 22) and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit that brings about a character change in Christ-likeness (Phl 2:5Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.”). The size, sounds and decorations of a building or the creativity of a program should not dictate the measure of sacrifice offered to be Christ-like.  

The comfort in worship (sacrifice) lies in a God who cannot exaggerate His promise!

HSAY… Todd