Along with the passage identified in the title of the post, I was reading from Timothy Keller’s Judges for You book which I purchased on Amazon. This is “the book” that I am referring to, unless otherwise noted.
What Did I Learn?
After Gideon finished saving the Israelites from the Midianites, he was done. When they asked him to rule over them (the Israelites) he refused and told them “the Lord will rule over you” (Judges 8:23). But then, he made a gold ephod out of this plunder and then everyone ended up worshiping it! Like HELLO! He just saved you because you guys were being idiots and following other idols, and now you’re gonna worship some gold thing that Gideon made? Ugh! haha 🙂
Gideon had 70 sons! Yeesh! That’s a lot!
Abimelech seems to me to be pretty manipulative. He basically convinced everyone to make him a ruler by saying that if they didn’t they would have all 70 of Gideon’s sons ruling over them. But later it seems to me that Jotham was saying that no one really wanted to rule over them anyway.
Judges 9:50-55 – Abimelech was basically killed by a woman and was like “No! Don’t tell anyone! Kill me yourself, so that I can say a man did it.” but really, a woman did it. and everyone found out because it’s in the bible. Like what an insecure person that he would be that shallow. Idiot! Gosh!
What Stood Out To Me?
I have been struggling with the concept of whether God discipline his people or not. In Judges 9:24 NLT it says again
God was punishing Abimelech for murdering Gideon’s seventy sons, and the citizens of Shechem for supporting him in this treachery of murdering his brothers.
So, it just makes me think, that maybe you want to use the term punishing or discipline, but either way, I see it as God shows his people right and wrong and he has a just and good heart. He knows what you are thinking and what you are going to do. And he knows if you are seeking him or not. And I feel like in cases where God needs to correct, he will do so in whatever way he needs to, which sometimes leads to punishment.
In Judges 10:1-5, it talks about the ruler after Abimelech, that it was Tola son of Puah, son of Dodo. WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE!? Just a bunch of randos? So weird.
What is God Trying to Tell Me? or
What Does This Tell Me About God?
Honestly, I’m not sure what God is trying to tell me through these chapters. Maybe that sometimes God’s plan gets stifled by people like Abimelech who insist on having power and people say “Okay! He sounds good… lets put him in charge.” But the people never asked God, “Hey, God. Who do You have for us?” they never stopped to take time for God and make sure they were following his will.
Maybe God is telling me that I shouldn’t be so quick to follow people and I should be patient and wait for his guiding on my life.