Judges 8:31 New International Version (NIV)
31 His concubine, who lived in Shechem, also bore him a son, whom he named Abimelek.
Gideon has an illegitimate son from his concubine who will eventually lead to having his other seventy sons killed by the half blood brother. This was all because of power and greed.
Abimelek became a judge over Israel. There was no fame in his name and especially his actions. God does not prize popularity, humor, or intelligence. God looks at the heart of every man.
Abimelek was a wicked judge who wanted the people to praise and admire him, and this eventually ended his life. When you read his story in Judges, we see God using his judgement and the tools of rebellion against those who went against him.
Gideon made a poor choice in sleeping with a woman that was not by God’s design. The consequences of his decision brought calamity to his family.
My mind goes to the power of a moment. A moment is which changes the trajectory of a person’s life. It can be a financial decision, a sinful decision, or it can be words said to another that cut and break relationships.
Abimelek was a man all about himself. He lived a life of power and deceit. In the end, it all cost him his own life.
How are your moments?
Is Christ the center of them?
Does the Holy Spirit reign?
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