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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
“Have you acted honorably and in good faith by making Abimelek king? Have you been fair to Jerub-Baal and his family? Have you treated him as he deserves?”
None of us would say that Jerub-Baal (Gideon) was a pure and virtuous man. He was, however, the man God used to set Israel free from the terror of the Midianites. He had seventy sons by a myriad of different women, and one of them was the son of a slave woman from Shechem named Abimelek. He felt like a castoff, so he went to his brothers in Shechem after his father Gideon’s death and asked them for help. They agreed and with their assistance, he killed his seventy brothers. The Israelites then made Abimelek their king. But the youngest son of Gideon, Jotham, escaped. Sometime later, Jotham stood on a hill and challenged the people of Israel with the questions in Judges 9:16. Abimelek heard of it and started destroying everyone in Israel who did not support him. On one occasion, while he was trying to burn down a tower housing many people, a woman dropped a boulder and crushed his skull. He begged his associate to kill him with a spear (which he did) so that it would not be said of him that a woman had killed him.
This story depicts “The Plight Of A Dishonorable Man.” It doesn’t always happen this way, but the scripture is very clear when it says, “Be sure your sins will find you out” (Num. 32:23). Whether someone finds the sinner or not, that person’s sins will chase him or her down in time. It’s the law of the harvest.
This AM, I want you to help me be an honorable man in all I do. I do not want to sound trite or as if I’m unaware of what’s happening around me. Instead, I’m asking you to help me continue to be the man I started out to be. Amen