Judges 17:7-13 (JDV)
Judges 17:7 There was a young man, a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah, who was staying within the clan of Judah.
Judges 17:8 The man left the town of Bethlehem in Judah to stay wherever he could find a place. On his way he came to Micah’s home in the hill country of Ephraim.
Judges 17:9 “Where do you come from?” Micah asked him. He answered him, “I am a Levite from Bethlehem in Judah, and I’m going to stay wherever I can find a place.”
Judges 17:10 Micah replied, “Stay with me and be my father and priest, and I will give you four ounces of silver a year, along with your clothing and provisions.” So the Levite went in
Judges 17:11 and agreed to stay with the man, and the young man became like one of his sons.
Judges 17:12 Micah dedicated the Levite, and the young man became his priest and lived in Micah’s house.
Judges 17:13 Then Micah said, “Now I know that Yahveh will be good to me, because a Levite has become my priest.”
Micah was thinking like an animist. When a pagan looks at a professional religious person, he might want to have that person around just to get on God’s good side. It has nothing to do with reverence for God, and everything to do with getting good luck.
LORD, we renounce the shameful and deceitful ways our minds use to trick others. We ask of you not good luck, but good lives.