Judges 9:1-6 – A Bad, Bad Man

1 And Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem unto his mother’s brethren, and communed with them, and with all the family of the house of his mother’s father, saying,

Speak, I pray you, in the ears of all the men of Shechem, Whether is better for you, either that all the sons of Jerubbaal, which are threescore and ten persons, reign over you, or that one reign over you? remember also that I am your bone and your flesh.

And his mother’s brethren spake of him in the ears of all the men of Shechem all these words: and their hearts inclined to follow Abimelech; for they said, He is our brother.

And they gave him threescore and ten pieces of silver out of the house of Baalberith, wherewith Abimelech hired vain and light persons, which followed him.

And he went unto his father’s house at Ophrah, and slew his brethren the sons of Jerubbaal, being threescore and ten persons, upon one stone: notwithstanding yet Jotham the youngest son of Jerubbaal was left; for he hid himself.

And all the men of Shechem gathered together, and all the house of Millo, and went, and made Abimelech king, by the plain of the pillar that was in Shechem.


Now we get to see the exploits of Gideon’s son, Abimelech. Abimelech, to put it simply, is a bad, bad man. We see he wanted one thing, and that was power. Although ambition is not a bad thing, when we let anything take control of our lives it becomes a bad thing. For Abimelech, he wanted nothing but the power and authority to be king. We see that he first went ahead and used his mother’s people to get enough money to hire some thugs. Then he goes and murders 68 of his brothers! Only Jotham was able to hide and obviously Abimelech was not killed because he was the one doing the killing! After Abimelech and his entourage murdered over five dozen people, he then accepts the crown as king, exactly what his father refused to accept.

Sometimes we fall into the same trap as Abimelech. Most likely not to the extent where we are going to murder our own brothers, but we sometimes put things before God like Abimelech did. For Abimelech, he put his ambition before God. For other people, maybe it is a job, or a boyfriend or girlfriend. Sometimes it’s a car or friends what we choose to prioritize before God. The key is making sure that God is first in our lives and letting him take care of the details.

Life Step: Think about it…

What kinds of things do we prioritize before God?

What ways can we make sure that we don’t put things before God?

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8 thoughts on “Week 7 of Judges – A Bad, Bad Man

  1. I believe sometimes we prioritize almost everything over God without even realizing it. It’s easy when things are going good in life to forget to thank God for the way things are going. Some of the times it takes a huge wakeup call in order for us to realize we’ve been neglecting God. We need to turn to God with everything, not just when things are going bad, but when they are going good too. Bringing situtions to God and asking for His guidance, or thanking Him for what you have are some ways to take your mind off you, and putting it back on who it should be. Just like with the Israelites, they lost focus of God and started worshiping other people and even objects at times. We don’t want to lose focus because we chose to prioritize other things before God.

    1. Awesome Melonie. I agree with your assessment that we tend to prioritize almost everything over God. Sad but true. I think this ebbs and flows through our lives.

  2. Sometimes it’s hard to put god first and not other stuff like sometimes I put my friends before god, And TV. It is easy when things are going good in your life your so excited then we forget that God made the good things happen then when it all goes bad we ask god why and blame him, he just wants to get our attention. We need to put God first in our lives and come to him if we’re troubled or just want to talk he’ll hear you even if he doesn’t say anything. We can’t loose our focus when it come to God.

    1. Good job Mafalda remembering to come on and do your devotional. So proud of you. So true about it being easy when things are going good in our live to forget about God. Very common problem.. A lot of times this is why God allows struggles and troubles to bring us back into a right relationship with Him. Remember from what we have been reading this is not a new problem that shocks God.

  3. We prioritize lots of things before God. I agree with Melonie that it is possibly everything over God. It is easy to get wrapped up our daily lives. We tend to focus on the things we can see and touch. We put other people before God. Abimelech wanted all the power. This happens all the time. Some people will do whatever it takes to have control, even kill. We sadly see this in the news all the time. Even in families. History has confirmed this. It comes down to this: We all want our own way. Although most people don’t go to the extreme that Abimelech did, we all display some degree of pride and selfishness. We want what we want when we want it. I believe if we started each day by putting God first and asking what His will is for our life we would naturally make better decisions on how we used our time. It is human nature to want to run our own lives, but history proves we don’t always do this well. God designed us and knows us better than we know ourselves.

  4. We put alot of things befor God, For me it is usally Friends. And we think it is all good, but it really isn’t. God is the most important thing and he goes befor anything and everything. And we repay God poorly for friends! Meaning We have friends and all of that but when we are with them most of the time we totally forget about God. and that is bad. But we think we have it all good but the truth is we are all sinners. We take BIG steps and little steps tord God and away from God. If we stoped for 10 minutes a day and just read Gods word, We would be taking a BIG step tords God. And we would be going down the path God wants us to go down!….Pluse we would be repaying God in the good way! 🙂

  5. A lot of the time my priorities can be all out of whack. Procrastinating is one of the biggest stumbling blocks that I face. One of the things I need to work on is putting God first and putting more time and effort into our relationship.

  6. What kinds of things do we prioritize before God? The list can go on and on.. But for me, I tend to put friends, electronics/media, and sometimes family before God. And something I’ve really been trying to do is have God be #1 all the time. Of course it’s not easy, and I’m making mistakes like all the time, but I love that God doesn’t get mad when I mess up! He still loves me just as much, and that really amazes me. And like Ryan, I procrastinate a lot too. I put off doing my devotions and praying because I’m “too busy”, or “too tired.” but that’s no excuse. If God is going to be #1, those things (devotions, praying,..) have to come first in my life!

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