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*                 Judges 18

Judges 18 brings us to the Tribe of Dan and we open this Chapter with no king or judge in Israel and the Tribe of Dan looking for land. We read back in Joshua 19:40-48 that they were given the seventh Lot of land inheritances which included the cities of Zorah (hornet), Eshtaol (a pass) originally part of Judah's inheritance but then afterwards allotted to Dan, Irshemesh (city of the sun), Shaalabbin (home of foxes), Ajalon (place of gazelles) which was alsoas we read in Joshua 21 and I Chronicles 6in the hand of the Kohathites for a while, Jethlah (height), Elon (an oak), Thimnatah (portion) this is the same where Samson's girlfriends were from, is was between Elon and Ekron, Ekron (torn up by the roots, emigration), Eltekeh (God it's fear), Gibbethon (a hill), Baalath (mistress), Jehud (praised), Beneberak (son of lightening), Gathrimmon (press of the pomegranate), Mejarkon (waters of yellowness), Rakkon (the temple) (of the head) and Japho (beauty or beautiful). But to them, these lands weren't enough for them, so they also armed for war and went and took the land of Leshem (precious stone) which they renamed Dan.

So now, they are looking to expand their land inheritance. What else are they looking for? A new religion and a new god. Will they find what they're looking for? We'll not only find the answer to these questions here, but we'll also read of where they find it – Micah's will do nicely as far as they're concerned.

Remember, at this time in Israel, there is no judge as the last Judge – Samson, has returned Home to Father, and He has not yet given them a king to rule over them. They are also struggling religiously as the high priest and the rest of the priesthood is not living up to what Father wants them to be. So, when you have a lack of Governmental leadership and a lack of Religious leadership – you're in a very bad state. What will happen and where will it all lead? Let's read and find out:

With that introduction being said, let's go to Father and ask Him for His Blessings on our Study of His Word: “Father, we come to you right now to thank you for inviting us to Your table in order that we might be able to partake of and receive Your Spiritual Meat, and Father, as we prepare to dine on the sustenance which sustains our inner man, we ask that You Oh LORD open our ears and eyes, that we might be able to hear and see your Truths, open our hearts and minds and prepare us in order that we may receive Your Truth. We Pray for Your Understanding of Your Word, we seek Your Knowledge in Your Word and most importantly Father, we Pray for and desire Your Wisdom from Your Word, in Jesus' Precious name we Pray, thank You Father, Amen.

18:1 "No king"
18:1-31 AGGRESSION OF DANITES (Introversion and Alteration)
18:1 Danites. Inheritance.

Judges 18:1 In those days there was no king in Israel: and in those days the tribe of the Danites sought them an inheritance to dwell in; for unto that day all their inheritance had not fallen unto them among the tribes of Israel.   —>   No king=No true "house of God" religiously as we saw in our last Chapter Judges 17:5, which leads to no king nationally as we're reading of here, when you don't keep the people focused on Father, it always leads the nation further into apostasy, pretty much like what we're seeing in the world today.

The Danites want a larger portion of land - I guess they thought they had grown too large for what Father had given them. Why do they really want a larger portion of land? Because up to this point in time, the tribe of Dan has not yet entered into the land which was allotted them by Father; they haven't gone in and claimed their land from the heathen peoples which were in their lands. It will be shown in this chapter why the tribe of Dan is not mentioned among the 144,000 in Revelation 7:4-8. The reason for this is that they liked to play at church and make up their own forms of idol worship that went against God's laws and commandments. This chapter will get into how and why they got into their mess. Where will they search and find it?

18:2-6 Mission of spies

Judges 18:2 And the children of Dan sent of their family five men from their coasts, men of valour, from Zorah, and from Eshtaol, to spy out the land, and to search it; and they said unto them, "Go, search the land:" who when they came to mount Ephraim, to the house of Micah, they lodged there.   —>   Five=the number of Grace.

Remember, this is approximately 1400 or so B.C., three hundred years before Samson is born, the right after Joshua had allotted the inheritance of lands. Dan, sends out these five men to spy out other lands to find where they can conquer, settle and then build their cities, it was important to them that they had an accurate appraisal of the lands and the peoples which occupied the lands, so that they knew what they would be up against. Along the way to spy out these new lands, the five spies travel through Mount Ephraim and come to Micah's, and decide to stay there for the night. It must have been a fairly large place to be able to put up these five men for the night; also they must have liked what they saw.

Judges 18:3 When they were by the house of Micah, they knew the voice of the young man the Levite: and they turned in thither, and said unto him, "Who brought thee hither? and what makest thou in this place? and what hast thou here?"   —>   When these five spies approached Micah's house the voice of the Levite which Micah had bought for himself reached the ears of these spies. They knew his voice because they had heard it before. This doesn't mean they actually knew the Levite, it means that they knew his dialect, in other words, like as we read back in Judges 12 when the men of Mount Ephraim who were fleeing Jephthah tried to cross back across the Jordan River, the Gileadites posed the test for them to pronounce the word "Shibboleth," and the Ephraimites could not, they could only pronounce it "shibboleth." This is what is happening here, these Danites know because of the way this Levite is pronouncing his words, where he is from. These five men couldn't understand why this Levitical priest would be in this back woods area at Micah's instead of leading some large congregation of many families.

Judges 18:4 And he said unto them, "Thus and thus dealeth Micah with me, and hath hired me, and I am his priest."   —>   And hath hired me=Ask yourself, did Father ordain this Levitical priest? No, it was Micah who worked a deal out with this priest, and after agreeing to Micah's price, he came under the employment of Micah. When a church's Elders gather, is properly selected and meets all the criteria for selecting a new deacon, and when they follow the instructions within Father's Word, then their decisions are called "of God." They select the person whom they feel can best teach and direct the congregation in the ways of Father, which are given in the His Word.

Remember it was only the Levites who could be priests of YHVH, though not Levites could become priests. So, for a Levitical priest to act and administer the priestly office and be a man of God, he had to follow the ways which Father had given to Moses for a Levitical priest to follow. As we read in the last chapter, Micah had built his own church of idols, and he appointed one of his sons to give order to this new religion that he created. The center of that religion was Micah's idols, graven and molten images, which Micah bought from the silversmith with the restored money which he stole from his mother. So now, this Levitical priestfor the sake of being employed, having food on the table and clothes on his backwas willing to let Micah dictate how the worship in Micah's house should be. All the things of Father His Word and His instructions, were set aside for the sake of pleasing this one man, and not for pleasing Father.

Now these spies, these five men of valor from the tribe of Dan, have seen Micah's Levite and so-called religious ceremony, and they desire it for their tribal families. The religious form was so emotional these men of Dan thought it was just right for their tribe. Much like many who walk through a church's doors today, if they like what they see, they'll stay, if they don't, they don't return. The most important issue any body should hear or observe, is whether Father's Word is being taught Verse–by–Verse, Chapter–by–Chapter, and Book–by–Book, not man's traditions.

When a person is called to preach, it is Father that is supposed to be the One Who calls them not a group of men within the church. The Selection Board had better be very careful in their selection process, and ensure that the one they are selecting is truly called by Father, and does not have some other motive within their own mind, there is a big difference. Be careful of those that like to play church.

Also with this and hath hired me and I am his priest=It is in this very Book of Judges that one of my favorite Biblical Scholars makes one of his quotesanother favorite of mineReligion is not a gradual evolution to what is higher, but a declension to what is lower and that is exactly what we have going on here in the house of Micah and also with the House of Israel by their doing what was right in their own eyes.

Judges 18:5 And they said unto him, "Ask counsel, we pray thee, of God, that we may know whether our way which we go shall be prosperous."   —>   Ask counsel=These men seen the ephod on the Levite's chest: it's just like the High Priest of YHVH wears, so they tell him to ask counsel of God ELOHIM The Creator in this instance, not YHVH The Covenant God. In other words, they are telling the Levite to use the Urim and Thummim which are in the High Priest's Breastplate. It's funny, why didn't they just tell the Levite to seek counsel of Micah since it was "his" house.

Like many Christians today these spies were biblically illiterate, and what they saw of the house of Micah with its idols, graven and molten images and Micah's Levite, impressed them. So much so, that they went to this dumb fake priest who is standing before these idols to seek counsel; what ever counsel they do get from him, will be exactly what they deserve.

Judges 18:6 And the priest said unto them, "Go in peace: before the LORD is your way wherein ye go."   —>   Go in peace...LORD=This Levite uses the Sacred name of FatherYHVHto tell these five spies that their way will be prosperous, oh it sounds so sweet, so religious. There's just one problem, and that problem is the fact that he is prophesying out of his own heart, his own imagination, and not of YHVH, again, much like it is in many khruch houses of today.

This last phrase the LORD is your way wherein ye go, would probably be better translated, YHVH knows your way and is pleased, in other words, this Levite is speaking for or presuming to speak for, YHVH. This is not a good thing for him to be doing because throughout Father's Word He warns us about the false prophets and listening to their lies; how do we know the difference between a true and a false? By checking them out in Father's Word. Does what they say align with Father, or are they stringing together many different passages to make align what they want you to hear?

18:7-10 Security of Laish

Judges 18:7 Then the five men departed, and came to Laish, and saw the people that were therein, how they dwelt careless, after the manner of the Zidonians, quiet and secure; and there was no magistrate in the land, that might put them to shame in any thing; and they were far from the Zidonians, and had no business with any man.   —>   Laish=Lion, it was near the sources of the Jordan River lying between Gallim and Anathoth in Benjamin and back in Joshua 9:47 it was called Leshem.

When these five spies of Dan came to this city of Laish, they were surprised by what they found, these Laishionites were living like how the Zidonians lived, in other words they lived a quiet and secure, careless life, with no form of law and order. They had no magistrate, so there was no person to give them direction and show them the wrong which they were doing, and as we read the Israelites were doing in the beginning of this Chapter - every person did what seemed right in their own eyes. These Zidonians were traders and were not known to be warriors; therefore they would be easy pickins to these Danites.

These Laishionites are most likely an off-spring colony of Zidonians, and are therefore probably too far from Zidon, for the Zidonians to be of much protection to them. Remember that the purpose of these spies being here in the first place is to spy out a land so that the tribe of Dan can conquer and settle into it for their own tribe. These Zidonians have kept to themselves and they have no form of defense for themselves, and this is what these five spies are observing and plotting out. These five spies must find which method would be best for overpowering these Zidonians.

Judges 18:8 And they came unto their brethren to Zorah and Eshtaol: and their brethren said unto them, "What say ye?"   —>   When the five spies returned home, their kinsmen asked; We sent you out to spy the lands, what did you found out?

What they found was that there were peoples living in the Promised Land who were living quiet and un-suspicious, there was no lack of anything in a good land, they also found the "house of Micah" and the false prophesies which were coming out of the mouth of the Levite which Micah had bought.

Judges 18:9 And they said, "Arise, that we may go up against them: for we have seen the land, and, behold, it is very good: and are ye still? be not slothful to go, and to enter to possess the land.   —>   They continue by saying that the people they encountered are defenseless, so why are you still sitting here, let's go and possess this land and will no more worry about the land where the Amorites chased us to flight and run up into the mountains.

Judges 18:10 When ye go, ye shall come unto a people secure, and to a large land: for God hath given it into your hands; a place where there is no want of any thing that is in the earth."   —>   In the Book of Joshua we saw the children of Israel possessing the land which Father had given them and in this Book of Judges we see the children of Israel despisingthrough their disobediencethe Lands which Father had given them to possess. The LORD Father, would have been more pleased with them had they listened to Him and went in to possess the lands He had given unto them, a land that flowed with milk and honey.

18:11-26 EXPEDITION OF DANITES (Alteration)
18:11-26 Expedition of Danites
18:11-13 Expedition

Judges 18:11 And there went from thence of the family of the Danites, out of Zorah and out of Eshtaol, six hundred men appointed with weapons of war.   —>   Appointed=Girded and ready for battle. This six hundred men armed and heading off to battle are not all the Danites who of age to go to war, we read back in Numbers 26 of the number men 20 and upward who were able to go to war: Numbers 26:42 These are the sons of Dan after their families: of Shuham, the family of the Shuhamites. These are the families of Dan after their families. [26:43] All the families of the Shuhamites, according to those that were numbered of them, were threescore and four thousand and four hundred.   —>   Dan’s descendents here totaled 64,400one of the largest numbers of men who were able to go to warthis was an increase over what they had back in Numbers 2:26 where they totaled 62,700; a small increase of 1,700.

Judges 18:12 And they went up, and pitched in Kirjath-jearim, in Judah: wherefore they called that place Mahaneh-dan unto this day: behold, it is behind Kirjath-jearim.   —>   Kirjath-jearim=These six hundred men marchedalong with their wives, children and all their possessionsup to and encamped at the city of forests they renamed camp of Dan.

Judges 18:13 And they passed thence unto mount Ephraim, and came unto the house of Micah.   —>   Along the way to go and possess their new Promised Land; they come to the "house of Micah" where as the five spies are about to tell them they can find the "tools" necessary to start their new religion before going forward and getting their new lands.

18:14-20 Interview of Levite

Judges 18:14 Then answered the five men that went to spy out the country of Laish, and said unto their brethren, "Do ye know that there is in these houses an ephod, and teraphim, and a graven image, and a molten image? now therefore consider what ye have to do."   —>   An ephod, and teraphim, and a graven image, and a molten image=The high priest's breastplate, the family idols all the tools necessary to start up their new religion, a new god. This whoring after new gods is what causes Dan and also Ephraim to be left out of mentioning in the Book of Revelation, they'll be there in the eternity though.

Consider what ye have to do=They say to their kinsmen, “We're coming into a new land, we can have everything we need to begin and start-up a new Khurch” everything that is except the most important piece Father YHVH.

Judges 18:15 And they turned thitherward, and came to the house of the young man the Levite, even unto the house of Micah, and saluted him.   —>   As all these people come to Micah's house, the young Levite says to them, Its good to see you again, Do you come in Is it peace?

He and Micah are about to find out that no, they are not coming in peace; they have nothing peaceful in mind whatsoever.

Judges 18:16 And the six hundred men appointed with their weapons of war, which were of the children of Dan, stood by the entering of the gate.   —>   As these six hundred men of war stand at the ready to confront Micah and all those with him, we have a tense situation: will Micah and those with him stand and defend what they have while these six hundred take everything all that they want?

Judges 18:17 And the five men that went to spy out the land went up, and came in thither, and took the graven image, and the ephod, and the teraphim, and the molten image: and the priest stood in the entering of the gate with the six hundred men that were appointed with weapons of war.   —>   With the six hundred man of war standing guard, the five spies go into the house of Micah and take his all his idols the little gods and his ephod, now all they need is a new Levite preacher.

Judges 18:18 And these went into Micah's house, and fetched the carved image, the ephod, and the teraphim, and the molten image. Then said the priest unto them, "What do ye?"   —>   Facing down these six hundred men armed for war; I'm sure the Levite wasn't too strong of voice when he asked them what they thought they were doing in stealing Micah's idols.

Judges 18:19 And they said unto him, "Hold thy peace, lay thine hand upon thy mouth, and go with us, and be to us a father and a priest: is it better for thee to be a priest unto the house of one man, or that thou be a priest unto a tribe and a family in Israel?"   —>   These Danites tell this Levite to shut his mouth and just keep quiet. They then offer up to him an offer that he just cannot refuse; They will make a super preacher out of him if he comes along with them. In other words, they are asking this Levitical priest, aren't you better off being a priest over an entire tribe of Israel, then just one man and his family? They are offering him a job of being the spiritual leader to the entire tribe of Dan. Remember, in a prophecy in Revelation 7, Dan and Ephraim are not mentioned in the entire group of the 144,000. It is because of their act of what they are doing here as well as other similar actions of idolatry, which causes these two tribes to lose favor with the True God. These people wouldn't follow Father's way, but went the way of idol worship.

We must pay attention to this, for the message to us today is that we become aware of those preachers which say that they have something religiously special to draw us to them. They come with all their religious forms, singing their songs that sound oh so good, and go through their actions which look so spiritual, so holy, yet the words which come out from their mouth is from their own heart, their own mind, their own imagination, and not from God's Word. Yes, they may recite a verse here and there however, what they say is taken out of context and is tailored to charm your mind and fleece your wallet. They say that what they are saying was given them was by the Father and His Holy Spirit, but how intelligent are you? Father is not the author of confusion, the Holy Spirit never says anything that goes against Father's own Word.

These men of Dan are promising to fix this Levitical priest up, giving him honor and position if he will be their spiritual leader.

Judges 18:20 And the priest's heart was glad, and he took the ephod, and the teraphim, and the graven image, and went in the midst of the people.   —>   And=Notice the polysyndeton in this verse.

From the last verse: better=Man's priest soon gets a promotion.

The priest's heart was glad=Glad they didn't kill him but instead offered him to be a Levitical priest unto them. This Levite was more than pleased to take the ephod the priestly garment and all the idols that went with it and then step right to the head spiritual leader of the tribe of Dan. Isn't this so special so holy, the tribe of Dan now had their own preacher, and all the idols and little gods that came along with him. Do you think for one minute that the tribe of Dan has any chance at all to be informed of what Father's Word has to say by this hireling, this fake priest with his idols and graven images?

Now stop and think for a moment and then apply this to what is happening today: A large percent of the Christian population does attend church, and while they are in their church houses; do they learn of Father and His ways? Nope, most of them have sat in their pews for many years, yet they remain biblically illiterate. Sadly, they have never gone beyond the milk of the Word. Week after week all they receive is the milk of the Word - salvation and baptism, thereby leaving their souls defenseless against the spiritual battle that is fast approaching. We are living in the one generation in which one must have their gospel armor on and in place to stand against the spiritual darts of the devil satan. He will shortly be coming in his role of antichristthe instead of christ or pretend to be christ;and he will deceive the entire world. Sadly these preachers and super-preachers stand behind their pulpits and soothe the congregation's minds Sunday after Sunday with love songs, false doctrines and sweet sounding messages of man's traditions. However, they just never seem to get around to the meat of the Word which can strengthen them, and prepare them for the coming of the great deceiver.

This is exactly what is about to happen to the tribe of Dan under this Levitical preacher, for he also will tell them what they want to hear, and what makes them feel good, and not what they need to hear – the Truth in Father's Word which prepares them for the one who comes first.

18:21 Expedition

Judges 18:21 So they turned and departed, and put the little ones and the cattle and the carriage before them.   —>   Little ones=This put for both the children and also the women. This was a defensive posture as it put the Danite Army between themthe women and childrenand Micah, in case Micah decided to come after them when they departed with his idols and false gods.

Carriage=An old English term meaning goods and valuables and things which were too large to be carried by hand.

18:22-26 Interview with Micah

Judges 18:22 And when they were a good way from the house of Micah, the men that were in the houses near to Micah's house were gathered together, and overtook the children of Dan.   —>   When the Danites were a fairly good distance away from Micah's house, those within Micah's residence and also his neighbors gathered themselves together to pursue after the Danites in order that they might recover the items stole from the "house of Micah."

Judges 18:23 And they cried unto the children of Dan. And they turned their faces, and said unto Micah, "What aileth thee, that thou comest with such a company?"   —>   All these Danites had done was stole all of Micah's religious items: nothing for Micah and those that attended his khruch to be upset about right?

Judges 18:24 And he said, "Ye have taken away my gods which I made, and the priest, and ye are gone away: and what have I more? and what is this that ye say unto me, What aileth thee?"   —>   My gods=Again, notice the lower case "g". Also notice Micah declares "which I made", I'll never understand how someone can worship something they made with their own hands of formed in their own minds, and but yet call it a god.

If the false idols and traditions of man which are prevalent in most of the so called Houses of God that are established today were ripped away from them, it would be the greatest thing that Father could do for them. This is not talking about or directed at those Churches which do properly teach Father's Word, this is directed at those religious institutions which are more concerned with either tickling itching ears or preaching for money; that they never get around to teaching the Truth in Father's Word. The problem facing many churches today is that they are nothing but fancy buildings with steeples that teach nothing but that which seems right in their own eyes, and instead lead to the path of destruction. Micah feels that all is lost because these Danites have taken his idols and images and also his priest which he consecrated. In reality, Micah is far better off, and he just doesn't know it.

What aileth thee=You've run off with all my idols and false gods, and yet you ask me what I'm upset about, are you out of your minds?!

Judges 18:25 And the children of Dan said unto him, "Let not thy voice be heard among us, lest angry fellows run upon thee, and thou lose thy life, with the lives of thy household."   —>   The Danites reply to Micah that he made his gods lower case "g" in the first place, so make yourself some more, as it's better to have to remake your idols than to lose your life over them.

Judges 18:26 And the children of Dan went their way: and when Micah saw that they were too strong for him, he turned and went back unto his house.   —>   Micah looks at the number of these Danites who were girded and armed for war and finally comes to his senses, and tells those that are with him that he is going home and they would be better off just doing the same.

It appears that the Levite is out in the "house of Micah" and Micah will once again have to consecrate one of his sons to be his priest.

18:27-29 Conquest of Laish

Judges 18:27 And they took the things which Micah had made, and the priest which he had, and came unto Laish, unto a people that were at quiet and secure: and they smote them with the edge of the sword, and burnt the city with fire.   —>   The men of Danwith their families in towcame upon these peace loving people who were probably much like the pacifists we have in this country todayhaving their heads in the sand and will not fight for anythingand they killed every one of them, then they burnt their city with fire and claimed their land for their own.

Historically, Laish is known as the Malaria capital of the world.

Judges 18:28 And there was no deliverer, because it was far from Zidon, and they had no business with any man; and it was in the valley that lieth by Beth-rehob. And they built a city, and dwelt therein.   —>   The Danites are going to take this land of Laish, they'll rename it Dan and it will be the northern most border territory in the land of Israel.

Beth-rehob=House of the streets.

Judges 18:29 And they called the name of the city Dan, after the name of Dan their father, who was born unto Israel: howbeit the name of the city was Laish at the first.   —>   After Father splits the House of Israel into two nations because of Solomon's leading the House of Israel into idolatry, this land of Dan will be where Jeroboam will set up one of the golden calves for the House of Israel to worship. It's no wonder that the people of Dan warmed up to this idea, especially seeings how they already had a jump start on idol worship as we're seeing here.

Again, it was here and at Beth-El that Jeroboam set up the two golden calves and told the people that they didn't have to go all the way down to Jerusalem to worship YHVH, they could just stay right here and worship.

18:30-31 Danites. Idolatry.

Judges 18:30 And the children of Dan set up the graven image: and Jonathan, the son of Gershom, the son of Manasseh, he and his sons were priests to the tribe of Dan until the day of the captivity of the land.   —>   Jonathan, the son of Gershom, the son of Manasseh=Jonathan is not of the tribe of Levi and therefore according to Father, not allowed to be a priest. So we see they are off to a bad start. Notice also though, they brought Micah's Levite with them and they're not utilizing him as their priest, shows what they thought of him.

Till the captivity of the land=Some would read this and think it was until the captivity of the Assyrians, but that would be incorrect; as, it was only until the captivity of the Ark of God by the Philistines in I Samuel 4.

Manasseh=Dr Bullinger tells us in his Companion Bible that this is one of four words in the Bible that has a suspended letter, some scholars refer to it as a "hanging letter." In other words, in the original manuscripts the letter "nun" is not written on the line with the other actual letters, it's written partially on the line and partially above the line, to show that originally it formed no part of the word, but was put in to make it spell "Manasseh" instead of "Moses." Jonathan was the grandson of Moses, (his contemporary Phinehas, the grandson of Aaron, being mentioned in Judges 20:28). This was done for two reasons: (1) to spare the honor of Moses' memory and name; and (2) to put the sin upon one who committed so gross a sin. The Talmud gives this letter as the reason. Jonathan's name is omitted in I Chronicles 23:15-16 and 26:24. The Chaldee paraphrase says that "Shebuel" there substituted, is meant for Jonathan after his repentance and restoration. Shebuel=He returned to God. The A.V. follows the Septuagint and the Chaldee by putting "Manasseh" in the text; the R.V. follows the Vulgate and those codices and early editions which have the "nun-N" suspended, by putting "Moses" in the text and "Manasseh" in the margin.”.

Judges 18:31 And they set them up Micah's graven image, which he made, all the time that the house of God was in Shiloh.   —>   House of God=In other words, at this point in time, the tabernacle of Moses; but, not recognized as the House of YHVH The Covenant God.

Shiloh=Is where the tabernacle had been for many years, Shiloh means peace or rest, and as we're about to find out though, there'll be no peace or rest for Dan or any of the other tribes of Israel who partake in idolatry. “Shiloh is also used as the name of a person, in a very difficult passage, in Genesis 49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.   —>   Supposing that the translation is correct, the meaning of the word is "peaceful," and the allusion is either to Solomon, whose name has a similar signification, or to The expected Messiah, Who inIsaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. is expressly called The Prince of Peace Messiah. Other interpretations, however, of the passage are given, one of which makes it refer to the city of this name. It might be translated, "The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, till he shall go to Shiloh." Also, as we'll read when we come to Judges 21:19 Then they said, Behold, there is a feast of the LORD in Shiloh yearly in a place which is on the north side of Bethel, on the east side of the highway that goeth up from Bethel to Shechem, and on the south of Lebonah.   —>   Lebonah=Frankincense, a place which is named only in this passage of Judges 21:19.”.

Jun 2012

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