The Book of Judges is a book full of stories of how the people of God rebelled against the word of God to do that which they found right in their own eyes. Of course, it is also a reminder to us that, if we are not careful to follow the word of God, we will be just like these folks. It is a natural human tendency to turn away from the revealed truth of God and to call good that which God calls evil.
Judges 17:1-3- 1 There was a man of the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Micah. 2 And he said to his mother, “The 1,100 pieces of silver that were taken from you, about which you uttered a curse, and also spoke it in my ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it.” And his mother said, “Blessed be my son by the Lord.” 3 And he restored the 1,100 pieces of silver to his mother. And his mother said, “I dedicate the silver to the Lord from my hand for my son, to make a carved image and a metal image. Now therefore I will restore it to you.”
Here we meet a man named Micah. He confesses that he stole money from his mother. His mom blesses him in the name of God, I suppose for his honesty in owning up to what he has done. So far, so good.
Then mom decides to give Micah back the money. But she has a plan for what he will do with the silver. She declares that the money is now dedicated to God. So, Micah is to use that money to fashion an idol.
Just let that sit there for a moment.
Because the mom wants to honor god, she is commanding her son to intentionally, specifically, completely violate the command of God never to fashion an idol.
What we should grasp from this is just how warped we will get if God leaves us to ourselves. Romans 1:18-ff shows us what happens when God gives people over to their own desires. In each instance, when God takes his hand of restraint off of people, they come up with more unbiblical, more self-destructive, more God-dishonoring ways to live. We are just naturally good at doing the very opposite thing of what we should.
Christians, does this not make you see just how desperate you must be for the word of God? If you do not have the Scriptures and the Spirit of god, you will do stuff like this. If you do not submit to the authority of Scripture, you will turn away from God just as easily. If you do not see that the word of God is your authority, you will make human opinion your authority. And the moment you let human opinion be your authority, you will start walking toward blessing something God calls pure evil.
One of the key principles of the Protestant Reformation is sola Scriptura. This principle states that the final authority for life and doctrine for Christians is the word of God. Scripture alone is our authority. This is not to discount solid teaching or valuable traditions. But, at the end of the day, every human teacher is flawed. But the word of god is perfect (cf. Psa. 19:7).
If you know that, on your own, you will bless evil if not informed by the word, how should that impact your life? This should make you study the word regularly and seriously. It should make you see that the most important way for you to evaluate your church is whether or not the word of God is central, faithfully taught, and intentionally obeyed. It should cause you to evaluate every modern, hot topic issue, every moral and ethical dilemma, by the simple standard of Scripture alone rather than your best guess.
And this passage should make you look at every life decision through the lens of Scripture. Does god say that what I want to do is good and right? Does god command against it? The word outranks your opinion. The word outranks your personal experience. God will never, not ever, lead you to disobey Scripture. God will not call us to call good that which God calls evil.