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The Domino Effect      Judges 17:1-8, 12-13; 18:30-31      Aug. 12, 2012


Micah stole 1,100 pieces of silver from his mother. What do you think about a children stealing from their

parents? There is a phrase repeated in this book and it occurs in verse six; “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did whatever he wanted.” Perhaps that one truth adds to the truth of the Domino Effect.


1.   Domino Effect . . Hinders the Family. Judges 17:1-6

       A.   The Family Hindered by a Lack of . . Discipline. 17:1-3

1 There was a man from the hill country of Ephraim named Micah.

       2 He said to his mother, “The 1,100 pieces of silver taken from you, and that I heard you utter a curse

       about—here, I have the silver with me. I took it. So now I return it to you.” Then his mother said, “My son,

       you are blessed by the LORD!”

       3 He returned the 1,100 pieces of silver to his mother, and his mother said, “I personally consecrate the

       silver to the LORD for my son’s benefit to make a carved image overlaid with silver.”


       B.   The Family Hindered by a Lack of . . Discernment. 17:4-6

4 So he returned the silver to his mother, and she took five pounds of silver and gave it to a silversmith. He

       made it into a carved image overlaid with silver, and it was in Micah’s house.

       5 This man Micah had a shrine, and he made an ephod and household idols, and installed one of his

       sons to be his priest.

       6 In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did whatever he wanted.

       When we look at Micah’s mother it seems we need some word about discipline. Micah was a grown son but it seems he did not get enough teaching and correction along the way. I don’t ever remember stealing from my mother or father. I think I believed if I needed something and they had it I could ask. My childhood may have been limited by not having much of the world’s goods, mother would have been discerning enough to punish me some way. I don’t believe just turning around and giving me a gift would ever have entered her mind. Verse six is very prominent throughout this book but curious in this situation. Even though they did not have a king their God was alive and well and His commandments were still available.


2.   Domino Effect . . Hurts a High Calling. Judges 17:7-8, 12-13

       A.   The High Calling is Hurt by . . Forsaking the Tribe of Levi. 17:7-8

       7     There was a young man, a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah, who resided within the clan of Judah.

       8 The man left the town of Bethlehem in Judah to settle wherever he could find a place. On his way he

       came to Micah’s home in the hill country of Ephraim.


       B.   The High Calling is Hurt by . . Following the Lead of Micah. 17:12-13

12 Micah consecrated the Levite, and the young man became his priest and lived in Micah’s house.

       13 Then Micah said, “NOW I know that the LORD will be good to me, because a Levite has become my


       When the man from the tribe of Levi came to Micah’s home he simply wanted a place to stay. He was not really looking for a place to fulfill his calling. Why not? Do you know the names of ordained ministers are about twice as large as the men who are actually fulfilling their calling. There are many reasons and certainly some are legitimate but too many are negligent. This man in the text may have thought he was doing good.

Perhaps if he had been near the tribe of Levi he would notice how His calling could have been used. Certainly Micah does not present any example of a spiritual leader. If you follow poor examples where does it take you?


3.   The Domino Effect . . Hampers the Progress of an Entire Society. Judges 18:30-31

       A.   The Domino Effect Hampers all Society with . . Idolatrous Practices.. 18:30

      30 The Danites set up the carved image for themselves. Jonathan son of Gershom, son of Moses, and his

       sons were priests for the Danite tribe until the time of the exile from the land.


       B.   The Domino Effect Hampers all Society with . . Image Worship.. 18:31

31 So they set up for themselves Micah’s carved image that he had made, and it was there as long as the house of God was in Shiloh.

       Did you notice that a descendant of Moses was included in the priest? How could they follow Moses and wind up as this kind of priest? Amid what if anything that was good about their worship system it certainly was not correct. They also placed the image Micah’s mother had made for him in a prominent place.

Do you watch the news? Do you hear from liberal ministers who agree with abortion and homosexuality? If you look much at our society today and compare it to what it was like in the 60s it is much different and it is a downward movement. I can see a Domino Effect. Amen? Amen!