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Dr. June Normil
Abimelech's mother was a concubine from Shechem, a Canaanite city. Verse 35 hints of a conflict between Israel and Gideon's household. Although Israel had no king, Judges 9 opens with Abimelech petitioning his Shechemite relatives to install him as ruler in place of Gideon's seventy sons. He appealed to his blood relationship as the basis for his campaign (Judges 9:1-2). The leaders of Shechem agreed to Abimelech's request. They provided Abimelech seventy silver pieces to hire mercenaries to kill Gideon's other sons, they assigned a monetary value to them that was less than the value of slaves. They slaughtered them in a ritualistic fashion on a single stone. Abimelech was willing to do whatever it took to be installed as ruler, even to the point of killing his own family. And in this one act, the perople of Shechem betrayed Gideon, who had delivered them from the Midianites (verses 3-6). Sadly, many willingly do wrong to get what they want. Others lie, cheat, and steal in order to satisfy their own selfish desires. But sin has horrible consequences. One son escaped Abimelech's slaughter. Gideon's youngest son, Jotham, appealed to the people of Shechem by means of a fable (verses 7-15). Jotham's explanation of the fable served as a curse. He knew the Shechemites had dealt treacherously with his brothers. He knew the same was true for Abimelech. He expected that they would soon deal treacherously with one another (verses 16-21).
REBELLION AGAINST ABIMELECH (JUDGES 9:22-25,42-49)
ABIMELECH JUDGED BY GOD ( JUDGES 9: 50-57).
The story of Abimelech and the people of Shechem demonstrates that sin results in serious, longlasting consequences. It's crucial for believers to avoid sin. By acknowledging God as our sovereign Ruler and humbly following Him, we surrender to His authority and obey Him. As we consistently walk with Him, we gain strength to resist the temptation to sin. We are blessed to know we can entrust our desires to God, who knows what is best for us. This week, set aside time to evaluate your personal desires. Ask yourself if you are entrusting them to God, or if you have set God aside to pursue them. Ask yourself if your desires coincide with God's desires for you. Then commit to following God's plans and purposes for your life, rather than your own.
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Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 98 Number 3 Mar. Apr. May. 2017 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
Dr. June Normil