2009-05-12 - Micah's Mom: True Forgiveness
When he returned the eleven hundred shekels of silver to his mother, she said, "I solemnly consecrate my silver to the LORD, for my son to make a carved image and a cast idol. I will give it back to you." Judges 17:3
When Micah's mom realized her silver has been stolen, she was angry, putting a curse on the robber. When the 28 pounds of silver is returned, her anger immediately dissipates, as her son reveals that he was the perpetrator. Micah's mom is relieved to have her valuables back.
Micah's mother offered her son mixed messages, in the line of religion. Micah and his mother were aware of God's commandment against the worship of idols, and yet they deliberately and consciously went against the law. Micah's mother rewards her son for telling the truth about the robbery. She dedicates the silver to the Lord, and then gives Micah an idolatry image from the metal for his private shrine.
Micah's mother has good and bad traits, as all humans do. She accepts her son, in spite of his mistakes. She doesn't remind him of his error, nor does she do anything to correct her adult son's criminal behavior. He is never taught accountability for his actions. She forgives him, with no questions asked. Micah is blessed with his mother's unconditional love.
Perhaps another reason for Micah's criminal tendency was to get attention from his mother, and not just monetary gain. Whatever the reason behind Micah's master plan, he received his reward, but sadly, never realizing the cost.
Lord, Help me when my authority as a parent has been threatened. I want to do right by my child, so please provide the answers I am struggling to find. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.