Judges 9 – Reading Note

  • Abimelech, the son of Gideon (Jerub-Baal) was ruthless. He convinced his clan to let him be their King, then he murdered 69 of his brothers.
  • In the tradition of all the previous books, Judges is written in a strange manner. The text says that Abimelech killed all 70 of his brothers, then the very next sentence says that one of them (Jotham) escaped. Do JDEP advocates take that as evidence that Judges was compiled from separate contradictory accounts, I wonder?
  • Jotham crashed the crowning party of Abimelech and cursed the people, citing that they had been unjust to his father by letting Abimelech kill his sons. His words were: “So have you acted honorably and in good faith toward Jerub-Baal and his family today? If you have, may Abimelek be your joy, and may you be his, too!But if you have not, let fire come out from Abimelek and consume you, the citizens of Shechem and Beth Millo, and let fire come out from you, the citizens of Shechem and Beth Millo, and consume Abimelek!” (9: 19, 20)
  • After 3 years, God stirred animosity between the inhabitants of Shechem and Abimelek, so that they revolted against him. He did this to avenge Gideon.
  • Abimelek fought and won his first battle against the uprising. During the ensuing war, a lot of the Shecheites were killed and Abimelek was also killed. So, God fought for Gideon, his servant.

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