Scripture Reading

Judges Chapters 17 – 21

Lesson 11: True Religion

“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27).

Micah, whose story begins in Judges 17:1, defies description. His name means, “Who is like Yahweh?” yet his life was anything but God-honoring. He stole silver from his mother. Then he confessed to the crime, but only after hearing her place a cure on the thief. Surprisingly, Micah’s mother blessed her son and paid a silversmith to convert the silver into two idols (vv. 2-4). Micah added these idols to his shrine (v. 5). [1]

Questions for LifeGroup Leaders:


Note(s) to LifeGroup Leaders:

  • Please read most of the commentary to your LifeGroup. You may summarize it if necessary, but there is nothing wrong with reading it. If you are a husband and wife team leading, perhaps take turns reading to the group. There is valuable review of the Scripture passages and application for effective discussion. Use your LifeGroup members to read Scripture.
  • The “Making It Personal” section is not designed for group discussion. These are questions that you might use to conclude before prayer. They are questions that prompt personal conviction and application. Please use them at your discretion to help your group.

[1] Glimmers of Hope in Dark Times: Judges and Ruth. (Schaumburg, IL: Regular Baptist Press, 2005), 65.

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