The Danites at Micah’s house (Judg 18:1-18:6)

In those days there was no king in Israel. In those days the tribe of the Danites was seeking for itself a territory to live in. Until then no territory among the tribes of Israel had been allotted to them. So the Danites sent five valiant men from the whole number of their clan, from Zorah and from Eshtaol, to spy out the land and to explore it. They said to them. ‘Go. Explore the land.’ Then they came to the hill country of Ephraim, to the house of Micah, and they stayed there. While they were at Micah’s house, they recognized the voice of the young Levite. So they went over and asked him. ‘Who brought you here? What are you doing in this place? What is your business here?’ He said to them. ‘Micah did such and such for me. He hired me. I have become his priest.’ Then they said to him. ‘Inquire of God that we may know whether the mission we are undertaking will succeed.’ The priest replied. ‘Go in peace. The mission you are on is under the eye of Yahweh.’”

The Danites were in search of a place to stay. There was no king of Israel which seemed to imply that things would have been better if there was a king. For some reason the Danites said that they have no allotment. That is not true since Joshua had given them land on the west coast, as in Joshua, chapter 19, the 7th allotment. They were actually staying at Zorah and Eshtaol, which was part of their allotment, close to Judah. In fact, the Danites could not control the Philistines there and had to abandon their territory. The Danites sent out 5 men to help find a new place to live. They wandered into Micah and his Levite priest. They seem fascinated by the Levite priest and asked him what he was doing there. The Levite told them that Micah has hired him as his priest. They wanted to know if their mission would be a success. The Levite told them that they were under the eye of Yahweh and everything would be okay.

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