Today’s passage: Judges 9:22-41
- Abimilech’s plan seems to have worked…in a way. He governed Israel for a time.
- In this passage, we see the spark that lights the flame of Jotham’s fable come true. But, instead of Abimelech, God sets the spark.
- Gaal used the same ethnic argument to rally support from the Schechemites. Abimelech was only half-Shechemite (His mother). Gaal used Abimelech’s own argument against him, and it worked on most of the people.
- Gaal’s prominence was short-lived however. In what may have been a sort of micro civil war, Gall’s supporters were defeated and Abimelech left Zebul (Who had remained faithful to him) over Shechem while he governed from Arumah (About 5 miles away from Shechem).
Questions to consider:
- What appears to be happening to Abimelech’s power in the region? Is his prominence growing or diminishing?
- In what way does Abimilech’s rule compare or contrast with other leaders in Israel? Is he a judge like Othniel, Deborah, or even Gideon were? Or, is he beginning to look more like the kings of the surrounding peoples who were oppressing the Jewish people? What would be the message we need to learn from any ambiguity in his role?
- How has Israel lost her identity? At this point in her history, who or what is Israel? How does the covenant keeping unchangeable God preserve and define Israel? And, how does your relationship with Him and your place in the Body of Christ define who you are? Where does your identity come from?