Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | February 23, 2015

A jealous and avenging God is the Lord; The Lord is avenging and wrathful.”

Today’s devotion comes from Judges 9.  Here is a link to this chapter –

I quote only the following verses.

“1 And Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem to his mother’s relatives, and spoke to them and to the whole clan of the household of his mother’s father, saying, 2 “Speak, now, in the hearing of all the leaders of Shechem, ‘Which is better for you, that seventy men, all the sons of Jerubbaal, rule over you, or that one man rule over you?’  Also, remember that I am your bone and your flesh.”  3 And his mother’s relatives spoke all these words on his behalf in the hearing of all the leaders of Shechem;  and they were inclined to follow Abimelech, for they said, “He is our relative.”  4 They gave him seventy pieces of silver from the house of Baal-berith with which Abimelech hired worthless and reckless fellows, and they followed him.  5 Then he went to his father’s house at Ophrah and killed his brothers the sons of Jerubbaal, seventy men, on one stone.  But Jotham the youngest son of Jerubbaal was left, for he hid himself.  6 All the men of Shechem and all Beth-millo assembled together, and they went and made Abimelech king, by the oak of the pillar which was in Shechem.

22 Now Abimelech ruled over Israel three years.  23 Then God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the men of Shechem; and the men of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech, 24 so that the violence done to the seventy sons of Jerubbaal might come, and their blood might be laid on Abimelech their brother, who killed them, and on the men of Shechem, who strengthened his hands to kill his brothers.  25 The men of Shechem set men in ambush against him on the tops of the mountains, and they robbed all who might pass by them along the road;  and it was told to Abimelech.

50 Then Abimelech went to Thebez, and he camped against Thebez and captured it.  51 But there was a strong tower in the center of the city, and all the men and women with all the leaders of the city fled there and shut themselves in;  and they went up on the roof of the tower.  52 So Abimelech came to the tower and fought against it, and approached the entrance of the tower to burn it with fire.  53 But a certain woman threw an upper millstone on Abimelech’s head, crushing his skull.  54 Then he called quickly to the young man, his armor bearer, and said to him, “Draw your sword and kill me, so that it will not be said of me, ‘A woman slew him.’”  So the young man pierced him through, and he died.  55 When the men of Israel saw that Abimelech was dead, each departed to his home.  56 Thus God repaid the wickedness of Abimelech, which he had done to his father in killing his seventy brothers.  57 Also God returned all the wickedness of the men of Shechem on their heads, and the curse of Jotham the son of Jerubbaal came upon them.  Joshua Chapter 9:  Verses 1-6 and 22-25 and 50-57.


Today’s Scripture shows us God’s justice in His returning all the wickedness on their heads.

Today’s Scripture shows God’s sovereignty over evil spirits (verses 23-24) and millstones (verse 53).

Today’s Scripture gives us another vivid example of God shattering the heads of His enemies (Abimilech, verse 53).

“Surely God will shatter the head of His enemies,
The hairy crown of him who goes on in his guilty deeds.”  Psalm 68:21.

“2 A jealous and avenging God is the Lord;
The Lord is avenging and wrathful.
The Lord takes vengeance on His adversaries,
And He reserves wrath for His enemies.
3 The Lord is slow to anger and great in power,
And the Lord will by no means leave the guilty unpunished.
In whirlwind and storm is His way,
And clouds are the dust beneath His feet.
4 He rebukes the sea and makes it dry;
He dries up all the rivers.
Bashan and Carmel wither;
The blossoms of Lebanon wither.
5 Mountains quake because of Him
And the hills dissolve;
Indeed the earth is upheaved by His presence,
The world and all the inhabitants in it.
Who can stand before His indignation?
Who can endure the burning of His anger?
His wrath is poured out like fire
And the rocks are broken up by Him.”  Nahum 1:2-6.


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