MEMORY VERSE: 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. Judges 9:3
BIBLE READING: 2 Samuel 17-20
the death of Gideon, one of his sons, Abimelech, hatched an evil plan
to kill his brothers and become the king. Because he didn’t have the
resources to carry out his evil agenda, he approached his mother’s
relations for help (Judges 9:1-3). His mother’s relations spoke to the
men of Shechem who agreed to help him because he was their brother (See
Judges 9:3). These men contributed money and gave it to him. He hired
some thugs and made his way to his father’s house. He killed his
step-brothers; only Jotham, the youngest, escaped.
Judges 9:3 says: ‘……and their hearts inclined to follow Abimelech; for they said, He is our brother.’
His mother's relations knew that what Abimelech was about to do was
wrong; however, they supported him because he was their brother. They
knew that Abimelech was going to kill innocent people, but they
supported him because he was their brother. They knew that Abimelech did
not deserve to be the king because he was not the firstborn; yet, they
encouraged him to carry out his evil agenda regardless. Don’t support an
evil cause because it will favor your brother. Even, if that evil cause
will favor a Christian and disfavor a non-Christian, please don’t
support it. God is a righteous judge and He will not support evil. The
men of Shechem could have rebuked Abimelech, instead, they supported
him because his evil action won’t affect them. Many of us don’t speak
against evil practices because we will not be affected by them. If you
are in the position of authority, and you are a Christian, God expects
you to represent Him there. He expects you to be His mouthpiece,
speaking against evil practices and fighting for the weak.
NOTE: You are indirectly supporting what you don’t speak against.
REMEMBER: What is wrong is wrong regardless of who is doing it.