Judges 17:6 In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
Everyone was doing as they pleased and not according to God. Micah steals from his mother (so much for family loyalty!) then confesses (maybe because he is afraid….his mother curses the thief, not knowing it was him!) Micah then sets up a shrine of sorts in his home with silver idols and has his son as a priest until he meets a Levite and asks him to do the job….and on top of that he actually expects God to bless him. Is this the beginning of the prosperity gospel? “ Then Micah said, “Now I know that the Lord will prosper me, because I have a Levite as priest.”
“The signs of moral, spiritual, and intellectual declension in Israel during the time of the judges now multiply, some of them obvious, some of them subtle,” comments D.A.Carson, in For the Love of God, Volume 1. “When six hundreds armed Danites return, they interrupt their military raid to walk off with all of Micah’s household gods, not to mention the young Levite priest and the ephod, for clearly they think of this as a way of bringing ‘luck’ or at least distinction to their enterprise. The Levite himself is delighted: to him this feels like a promotion (18:20). But can a “bought” clergy ever exercise a prophetic witness?
When he and his men catch up with this warrior band, Micah frankly sounds pathetic: “You took the gods I made, and my priest and went away. What else do I have? How can you ask, ‘What’s the matter with you?’ (18:24) He detects no irony in his own utterance, the sheer futility of attaching so much to gods you have made.