Idols: Trojan Horse

Judges 18:14,18-20,22-26

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.”

The demon was thinking to himself, “I can’t find an open door to possess a soul because of few people in this arid place”. He continues, “I know what I will do, I’ll just go back to the one I was cast out from and make sure that doesn’t happen again”. (Matthew 12:43-45)

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.

Revelation 9:20

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.


6 thoughts on “Idols: Trojan Horse

  1. Troubles can cause us to stop trusting in our flesh, humble ourselves, seek God with all our hearts. When we seek him, we will find him. Substitutions and idols will be crushed. Nothing satisfies us like a relationship with the only living God who loves us and redeems us!

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