Judges 18: Micah has his stuff stolen

Synopsis:

The children of Dan sent out spies to find land they could settle. They came upon Micah’s house for a bit, got a blessing from the priest and then travelled on to Laish. They saw that the land was good and they could take the place so they went back and got there brethren. 600 men of valor from Dan once again came to Micah’s house and stole his image, ephod and terraphim and then convinced the priest to come with them and serve them. Micah gathered the men around him and caught up with the men from Dan. They told him to leave or they would kill him and his followers. He saw he was outnumbered and left. Dan defeated the people of Laish and settled there and set up the graven and molten images and terraphim they had stole from Micah and the tribe of Dan set up Jonathan, the son of Gershom, son of Manasseh as priests to the tribe until the day of the captivity of the land.

In other words:

The Danites steal Micah’s idols, molten images, ephod and priest and take over the city of Laish.

Favorite bit:

Judges 18:24, 25–when Micah confronts the theives of Dan asking for his stuff back – and they basically say – don’t raise your voice – otherwise some of the more angry among us will kill you.  Go away quietly and you won’t get hurt.

Least favorite bit:

Judges 18:27  the smiting of Laish – Laish didn’t get any help because they were too remote for Zidon to protect them. Sad.

Moral Lesson Learned:

Pick your fights wisely (Judges 18)