- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Judge 9
Wickedness in the family of Gideon.
Abimelech, Gideon’s half Canaanite son who enforced people to make him to rule, came to a disastrous end when he tried to make himself king. He killed all his seventy half-brothers except Jotham, the youngest of them, who escaped from the hand of Abimelech. Jotham cursed Abimelech, stirred the people to revolt against Abimelech in vain. The olive tree was the noblest tree while the thorn bush (the bramble) was a useless shrub.
Abimelech ruled Israel for three years when God sent an evil spirit between him and the people of Shechem. God did this for the crime that Abimelech killed his seventy half-brothers, and that the people of Shechem who helped Abimelech to murder his brothers. Schechem was the most important city and sanctuary in north central of Israel. The people of Shechem led by Gaal revolted against Abimelech, and he attacked them, but Abimelech was killed by a stone that a women dropped on him.
God repaid the wickedness of Abimelech and the people of Shechem.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.? 3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?