Worshiping the Creator vs. the created?
There’s a huge difference between the real and the fake. The genuine and the knock offs. Just like how there are real gold rings that keep their colors for years, and then the fake rings that leave green stains on your fingers, we either worship the God who created us or a god created by us. Judge 16 is a transition period where there are no more judges of Israel, and chapters 17 and 18 now focus on the spiritual decay. Micah, whose actions represent the state of the nation of Israel, stole and lied about stealing from his mother and there is no true remorse. We see a man with no integrity or principles, but more so, a man doing things his own way, living life according to his own rules and worshiping his own way. Things only get worse. He not only makes an idol but he also builds a shrine and makes his son a priest. In other words, he customized worship to his own liking. In the same way we want to customize Jesus. We think that we can shape God into our own image when He is the one who created us in His image. Jesus is not a sub sandwich you can make to your own liking. There is a clear difference between worshiping the living God who created you and a god you created. Who do you say that Jesus is? Who is he to you? Do you follow the Son of the Living God. Or the Jesus you created?