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Judges 18:31: Dan's Generational Idolatry



Verse 31:[1] And they set them up Micah’s graven image, which he made, (Josh. 18:1; Judg. 19:18; 21:12) all the time that the house of God was in Shiloh.



[All the time in which the house of God was in Shiloh] From which, that the Tabernacle was taken away unto Kirjath-jearim in the time of Samuel, appears to be able to be gathered from this, that at that time the Ark itself, having been returned by the Philistines, was brought into that city, 1 Samuel 6:21 (Piscator).

[1] Hebrew: וַיָּשִׂ֣ימוּ לָהֶ֔ם אֶת־פֶּ֥סֶל מִיכָ֖ה אֲשֶׁ֣ר עָשָׂ֑ה כָּל־יְמֵ֛י הֱי֥וֹת בֵּית־הָאֱלֹהִ֖ים בְּשִׁלֹֽה׃

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Dr. Dilday
Dr. Dilday
Apr 09, 2019

The study of Judges 18 has me thinking a good bit about generational sins. As parents, what we do matters...and may continue to matter long after we are gone.


May God grant grace, that our generation might leave a godly heritage; and may the Spirit move our children to improve upon the example.

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Good exercise today, and an important reminder to learn the many lessons from this narrative; namely, to be aware of sin and turning from the One True God. I have personally gleaned so much from this chapter, especially as a minister of the gospel, to keep far from the allurement of "Micah's house." What lessons have you learned from this chapter?

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Dr. Dilday
Dr. Dilday
Apr 09, 2019


Our hearts are like a garden, sown with the seeds of all the sins (oh, our fallen condition!). We must be weeding the garden constantly.


If we would be wise, it is best to weed a sin when it first sprouts; for, if a sin is allowed to set down deep roots, it can be exceedingly difficult to pull up...and the uprooting is all the more painful.


The seed of idolatry was allowed to take root in Dan, and it will sprout and flourish there until God's judgment fell upon the Northern Kingdom of Israel. "These things were written for our learning..."

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Dr. Dilday
Dr. Dilday
Apr 09, 2019

Hebrew Highlights: No particular difficulties; just keep reading, and exercising your skills.

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