Under Gods Command

Judges 18:25-27 – The Danites answered, “Don’t argue with us or some hot-tempered men will attack you, and you and your family will lose your lives.”  So the Danites went their way, and Micah, seeing that they were too strong for him, turned around and went back home.  Then they took what Micah had made, and his priest, and went on to Laish, against a peaceful and unsuspecting people.  They attacked them with the sword and burned down their city. 

Did the tribe of Dan have the right to kill the citizens of Laish?  No, God had commanded Israel to clean out and destroy certain cities because of their idolatry and wickedness, but Laish did not fall under that judgment.  It was not within the assigned boundaries of Dan,, and its people were peaceful in contrast to the warlike Canaanites.  But the tribe of Dan had no regard for God’s law.  God’s law said to destroy a city for idolatry.  The Danites themselves were guilty of this sin.  This story shows how far some of the tribes had wandered away from God.  Just because the Danites successfully defeated Laish doesn’t mean their actions were right.  Their idolatry show that God was not guiding them.

Lets Bring it Home: Today many justify their wrong actions by outward signs of success.  They think that wealth, popularity, or lack of suffering is an indication of God’s blessing.  But many stories in the Bible indicate that evil and earthly success can go hand in hand (See, for example, 2 Kings 14:23-29).  Success doesn’t indicate God’s approval.  Don’t allow personal success to become a measuring rod of whether or not you are pleasing God.

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