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In Our Image

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Good Morning and Welcome to Freedom Chapel. My name is Pastor Terry, my wife Michelle and I serve as the lead pastors here at Freedom Chapel. We exist to bring hope to our community we do that by being a Place to Belong, Church for the Whole Family.
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If you have your Bibles this morning turn with me to the Book of Judges Chapter 17.
The Title of today’s message is In Our Image. Over the last few months I have been part of a Bible Study on Book of Judges. This particular chapter has captured my attention mainly because I have been experiencing similar mindsets through people around me in the last several months.
Before we begin let’s pray.
Judges 17:1–2 ESV
1 There was a man of the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Micah. 2 And he said to his mother, “The 1,100 pieces of silver that were taken from you, about which you uttered a curse, and also spoke it in my ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it.” And his mother said, “Blessed be my son by the Lord.”
Evidently we have a guy here who has stolen his mom’s money. Not knowing who stole the money she cursed the person who stole it. This freaks Micah out so he confesses and His Mom in turn blesses him.
Judges 17:3–6 ESV
3 And he restored the 1,100 pieces of silver to his mother. And his mother said, “I dedicate the silver to the Lord from my hand for my son, to make a carved image and a metal image. Now therefore I will restore it to you.” 4 So when he restored the money to his mother, his mother took 200 pieces of silver and gave it to the silversmith, who made it into a carved image and a metal image. And it was in the house of Micah. 5 And the man Micah had a shrine, and he made an ephod and household gods, and ordained one of his sons, who became his priest. 6 In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
Key things we need to pick up on here.
1. His Mother Speaks God’s blessing over her son and then makes some kind of image of God for them to worship.
2. Micah makes a shrine and anoints his son as the priest over it.
This is a direct violation of the Commandment number 2.
Exodus 20:4–6 ESV
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.
3. Since there is no Leader. Everyone is doing what is right in their own eyes.
The story just gets better.
Judges 17:7–12 ESV
7 Now there was a young man of Bethlehem in Judah, of the family of Judah, who was a Levite, and he sojourned there. 8 And the man departed from the town of Bethlehem in Judah to sojourn where he could find a place. And as he journeyed, he came to the hill country of Ephraim to the house of Micah. 9 And Micah said to him, “Where do you come from?” And he said to him, “I am a Levite of Bethlehem in Judah, and I am going to sojourn where I may find a place.” 10 And Micah said to him, “Stay with me, and be to me a father and a priest, and I will give you ten pieces of silver a year and a suit of clothes and your living.” And the Levite went in. 11 And the Levite was content to dwell with the man, and the young man became to him like one of his sons. 12 And Micah ordained the Levite, and the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Micah.
Chapter 18 details how 5 members of the tribe of Dan come into the house and take Micah’s Idols and make the Priest a better offer. Micah is left with nothing and Israel’s sin continues to grow.
This story just sounds ridiculous until you begin to look at the world around us.
We live in a word built on the Image of God we have made.
We have so many things out of order.
If we don’t like it we cancel it.
Paul was a Karen.
2 Timothy 3:1–9 ESV
1 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. 6 For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, 7 always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. 9 But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.
The lines of Morality are becoming so cloudy it is becoming harder and harder to determine what is right and what is wrong.
2 Timothy 3:10–17 ESV
10 You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, 11 my persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. 12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
How do we return to the correct image of God?
Scripture and Prayer
How do we determine how to live a Godly life?
Scripture and Prayer
How do we make judgments as to what is true?
Scripture and Prayer
We must ask ourselves.
What areas am I choosing to serve the God I have created and not the living God.
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