1 Then Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem, to his mother’s brothers, and spoke with them and with all the family of the house of his mother’s father, saying,
Abimelech was the son of Gideon and, as you will see, obviously not God’s plan to be his father’s successor.
And all the men of Shechem gathered together, all of Beth Millo, and they went and made Abimelech king beside the terebinth tree at the pillar that was in Shechem.
With all of the crazy things that go on in the world today, people ar always looking for a leader who will rescue them. The democrats are looking to Obama and the republicans to Romney or Santorum or Gingrich or Paul, but we must never look to man to rescue us, but rather look to Jesus. He is our King, and we are to have no other king than Jesus.
And the bramble said to the trees, ‘If in truth you anoint me as king over you, Then come and take shelter in my shade; But if not, let fire come out of the bramble And devour the cedars of Lebanon!’
In the summers, my brother and I used to go and visit my father in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was not unusual for the temperatures to stay in the 100’s for days on end. Whenever we would run around barefoot, we would always be looking for shade to protect our feet from the extreme heat. Jesus must be the shade that shelters us. Psalms 17:8 says, “Hide me under the shadow (shade) of Your wings,”
Then he called quickly to the young man, his armorbearer, and said to him, “Draw your sword and kill me, lest men say of me, ‘A woman killed him. ’” So his young man thrust him through, and he died.
Abimelech was prideful to the very end, not wanting anyone to think he died the way he actually did. When we are walking in disobedience to the Lord, we will do anything to keep up our own image. The Bible says, “Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall,” Proverbs 16:18.
3 After him arose Jair, a Gileadite; and he judged Israel twenty- two years. 4 Now he had thirty sons who rode on thirty donkeys; they also had thirty towns, which are called “Havoth Jair” to this day, which are in the land of Gilead. 5 And Jair died and was buried in Camon.
Some of these judges are rather obscure and the Bible gives us some interesting insights into their lives. Some of which we may never know the significance.
6 Then the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served the Baals and the Ashtoreths, the gods of Syria, the gods of Sidon, the gods of Moab, the gods of the people of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines; and they forsook the Lord and did not serve Him.
Here we go again! “Lord, help us to get it right the first time!”
Yet you have forsaken Me and served other gods. Therefore I will deliver you no more.
I cannot imagine hearing more disconcerting words form the Lord than, “I will deliver you no more.” May the Holy Spirit keep us in such a place of obedience that we never have to worry about such a thing.