[The Shepherds and the Angels] In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flock. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David.
The profession of a shepherd was very low and humble. If you notice that God didn’t reveal His plans to those in high positions or to the religious leaders but to the meekest of hearts. If you want to know God’s plan for your life then live a life of submission before the Lord and He will reveal His plans that are just created for you.
14 The five men who had gone to scout out the land of Laish told their brothers, “Did you know that there are an ephod, household gods, and a carved image overlaid with silver in these houses? Now think about what you should do.”
18 When they entered Micah’s house and took the carved image overlaid with silver, the ephod, and the household idols, the priest said to them, “What are you doing?” 19 They told him, “Be quiet. Keep your mouth shut. Come with us and be a father and a priest to us. Is it better for you to be a priest for the house of one person or for you to be a priest for a tribe and family in Israel?” 20 So the priest was pleased and took his ephod, household idols, and carved image, and went with the people.
22 After they were some distance from Micah’s house, the men who were in the houses near it mobilized and caught up with the Danites. 23 They called to the Danites, who turned to face them, and said to Micah, “What’s the matter with you that you mobilized the men?” 24 He said, “You took the gods I had made and the priest, and went away. What do I have left? How can you say to me, ‘What’s the matter with you?’” 25 The Danites said to him, “Don’t raise your voice against us, or angry men will attack you, and you and your family will lose your lives.” 26 The Danites went on their way, and Micah turned to go back home, because he saw that they were stronger than he was.
The scouts from the tribe of Dan knew that in Micah’s house was a Levite, household idols, and an ephod. They went into Micah’s house and stole all of his idols and took with them the priest who was happy to be a priest to a whole tribe instead of just one family. What happened to Micah was actually a blessing from the Lord for allowing his house to be robbed.
Before I say why it was a blessing for Micah being robbed, let’s take a look at Matthew 12:43-45 which says, “When an unclean spirit comes out of a man, it roams through waterless places looking for rest but doesn’t find any. 44 Then it says, ‘I’ll go back to my house that I came from.’ And returning, it finds the house vacant, swept, and put in order. 45 Then off it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and settle down there. As a result, that man’s last condition is worse than the first. That’s how it will also be with this evil generation.”
If you noticed, Jesus described the person’s body as a dwelling place or house. The reason the person’s body is described as a house is because demons can live inside of a person and make their home there. Jesus was describing an exorcism on a person where it seems that the demon wasn’t allowed to go to populated areas which are normally by the coast. The demon didn’t find rest because he couldn’t find a host in a deserted area, no people. For some reason, the demon was allowed to revisit his prior host. He finds the house (person) vacant (doesn’t have the Lord in his life), swept and in order, meaning that his life was normal once again. What does the demon do? He goes out and finds seven other demons who are even more evil than itself and goes and possess the individual once again but with severe consequences. His life becomes a living hell. The reason he gets more evil spirits than itself is because they would be harder to exercise from the host.
The rest of the people, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands to stop worshiping demons and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood, which are not able to see, hear, or walk.
What does this story from Jesus have to do with Micah? That’s a good question, I’m glad you asked. Micah’s house was filled with idols which demons are attached to so that when a person brings an idol into their home they are also bringing in a demon. Demons use the idols as a Trojan horse, to invade your life. We see this in 1 Corinthians 10:14-22, that behind idols are demons. By God allowing Micah’s house to be broken into and his idols stolen is like being exorcised. The demonic influence in Micah’s life was gone and given to the Danites. If Micah didn’t repent and started to worship the true living God Yahweh then his life would have ended up worse than the first.
When something bad happens to you remember that God has your best interest in mind. To you is the worse thing but to God is the best thing and that’s because God is trying to purge something out of your life that’s causing you to fall away from Him.
Afterward Moses and Aaron went and said to Pharaoh, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Let my people go, that they may hold a feast to me in the wilderness.’”
7 “You shall no longer give the people straw to make bricks, as in the past; let them go and gather straw for themselves. 8 But the number of bricks that they made in the past you shall impose on them, you shall by no means reduce it, for they are idle. Therefore they cry, ‘Let us go and offer sacrifice to our God.’ 9 Let heavier work be laid on the men that they may labor at it and pay no regard to lying words.”
Moses spoke thus to the people of Israel, but they did not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery.
When God is ready to deliver you from your bonds, Satan will start to make your life very painful. Satan wants to take your focus away from the Lord and put it on your circumstance to make you blame God for it. He wants you to grow so resentful that you will find yourself giving up on the Lord. Remember, when things seem to be getting worse that means that it’s about to get a whole lot better, just hang tight and keep trusting in Jesus.
2 “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. 3 I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. 4 But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.
Just because a Christian is sound in doctrine doesn’t make him complete before God. The Ephesian church started pedaling backwards with the love they once showed in Christ by becoming more insensitive to others, probably treating them more harshly, being void of love. Not only should we obtain sound doctrine but it has to be accompanied with love. In the Book of Ephesians, we see how they used to be before Jesus sent them this letter (warning) written by the hand of the Apostle John. In Ephesians 1:15-16 it says, 15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him.
If your brother or sister in Christ has a different understanding that does not concern core doctrine of scripture, we should not label them as heretics or false. If a Christian disagrees on any fundamentals of doctrine, either they don’t know the Bible very well or they are deceived and without their knowledge are deceiving others. In a case like that, we must show them love with correction, pointing them to the truth because most likely they haven’t come to a true saving faith in Jesus Christ. Regardless of the circumstance, we have to love them but without compromising with the truth.