Today I wanted to write about Judges 9:1-21. This is the story of Abimelech and his thirst for power.
Abimelech was the son of Jerubbaal a/k/a Gideon. Gideon was a great judge of Israel who helped free the Israelites from Midian. For doing this the Israelites wanted to make Gideon king but Gideon refused. He didn’t want to be king because he knew the Lord God was king.
Gideon left seventy sons who were to judge Israel, but Abimelech, who was the son of one of Gideon’s concubines, wanted to take complete control of the Israelites. Continue reading
This is a follow up to my previous post “For Comfort and Convenience”. The post was about how the Israelites were willing to give up a piece of their freedom for a king. They still wanted a king even after being duly warned by Samuel. They wanted someone to fight their battles, someone to give them comfort and convenience and they were willing to give up a piece of their freedom.
After writing that post, I began to think more about a verse in 1 Samuel 8, verse 7.
And the Lord said to Samuel, “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them.
God says, “but they have rejected me from being king over them”. Continue reading
1 Samuel 8 is the story of Israel going to Samuel and demanding he appoint a king to rule over them.
At that time Israel had Judges who weren’t kings or supreme rulers. They were chosen by God to help deliver Israel from oppression, administer justice, and settle disputes according to the laws given to Moses. So they were called Judges.
They were a kind of government but somewhat sporadic. Israel had the laws of God to follow and in doing so there was little use for a formal government other than the aforementioned settling of disputes, etc.
Samuel was the last of the Judges of Israel. When he became too old to continue in his duties he appointed his two sons to be Israel’s new Judges, but the boys were corrupt.
In 1 Samuel 8:4-5 the elders of Israel come to Samuel to let him know they are fed up with his sons and their corruption. And after seeing how neighboring nations had a king to rule over them, well the elders wanted one too. Continue reading