Am I a Child of Christ?
The Lord says that people do whatever they think is right, but do not take into consideration what He desires, plans, or thinks.
Judges 17-21 speaks about people who did whatever they thought was right, but did not take God’s opinions into account.
Micah was an Israelite who wanted to worship God, thus, made statues out of silver for worship. However, the Lord detests statues that are created as means for worship (Lev. 26:1). He is a jealous God who wants to be worshipped in spirit and in truth. This means you worship Him in your thoughts, your memories, your desires, your plans, your actions, practically in everything you do and with everything that you are.
Our God prohibits us, His people, to create statues representing Him because He wants true worshipers who obey His word. Micah sought to serve God the way he wanted, not the way God had commanded; which is a great sin because it is disobedience of what God said. The Lord has specific ways He demands to be worshiped. 1 Samuel 15:22-23 says:
“[…] Certainly, obedience is better than sacrifice […] For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance is like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you […].
Statues are pagan and evil in God’s eyes. We must obey His commands because this is true worship.
Moreover, a priest and his wife (in the Bible priests are allowed to get married and have a family) were guests in a stranger’s home because they were traveling by. That night the priest’s wife was rapped many, many, many, times, by many, many men who were neighbors to the owner of that home. She died the next morning because they rapped her all night (this is what the Bible says). If this isn’t atrocious enough, her husband, the priest, was the one who sent her out of the house to get rapped, because the men originally wanted to rape him. The Bible says that early in the morning when the priest woke up, he took his wife to their homeland.
The way I describe this story sounds cold, but this is exactly what the Bible describes to show the reader how cold people can be without God’s love and direction. Her husband was a priest, considered a “man of God”. Obviously, his heart was far away from God. How was it that this man was able to sleep all night knowing his wife was getting rapped outside?
When the priest got to his homeland with his wife’s corps, he chopped her up in pieces and then distributed each piece throughout the land. What is wrong with this picture? I’m pretty sure you can all see what is wrong, right? But, the priest thought God was with him.
Now, because of this horrible tragedy, all Israel (the army of the land) got together and waged war against the tribe of Benjamin because from this tribe were the men who rapped the priest’s wife.
In short, the Israelites win the civil war against the tribe of Benjamin and the Benjamins are prohibited to marry any women from any of the other tribes of the Israelites for the rape of the priest’s wife. Now, because the rest of the Israelites didn’t want one of their tribes to die off, they tell a number of Benjamin men to go and take women for themselves from a celebration that was going on in a near by town. So, pretty much, the Benjamin men abducted women as wives and the rest of the Israelites went back to their own territories and homes as if nothing ever happened. Hummmmmm? Questions anyone?
Where was God? Why were the people of God doing such things? After all, these were the people God called “my children”!
Well, the first thing I noticed while reading these stories was that God was never mentioned, which means the Lord was not a part of their daily lives and no one thought about God, thus, no one had a concrete moral compass.
Of course God watched everything they did, but no one ever bothered to interact with God or to ask Him if what they were doing was right. No one had an intimate relationship with Him. The only time God is mentioned is when the people wanted to obtain a favor from Him. They thought of God as their genie and not as their Father and Creator.
Today, there isn’t much of a difference. Many people believe of themselves to be great religious people, but their hearts are far from the Lord. The Lord is not Lord over their life styles at all; much like Micah, the priest, and the Israelie army.
Think about it. What if your believe system is wrong? What if you think you are doing right, but in God’s eyes, you are wrong. What if you think God is with you because you think you believe in Him, but you do the opposite of that His word says. Then, is God really with you?
You know you are right and saved in Christ Jesus because your fruits are many. When the Bible speaks of fruits, it refers to the characteristics of the Holy Spirit. What are these characteristics? Galatians 5:22-25 says:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also behave in accordance with the Spirit.”
Have you crucified your flesh, meaning, you daily destroy and kill all wrongs in yourself? Do you allow the Spirit of God to live in you? Are you a true child of the Lord in Christ Jesus?