Abimelech came to the tower, and fought against it, and came near to the entrance of the tower to bun it with fire. but a certain woman threw and upper millstone on Abimelech's head, and crushed his skull. Immediately he called to the young man you carried his armor and said to him, "Draw your sword and kill me, so people will not say about me, 'A woman killed him.' " So the young man thrust him through , and he died. When the Israelites saw that Abimelech was dead, they all went home. Judges 9: 52-55 NRSV
What can we learn from this passage?
Don't get too close to the tower, even if you are going to set it on fire?
Practice weightlifting because those millstones are pretty heavy? (What was it doing at the top of a tower, anyway?)
Have a contingency plan in case some woman tries to kill you - wouldn't want your manhood to be questioned after your death?
Don't try to rule through treachery - it can come back to haunt you?
Your relatives cannot be trusted?
How about this:
God will make the wickedness of the people fall back on their own heads. [See Judges 9:57]
Now go: don't hang around the bottom of towers, do get strong, don't be treacherous, do have a contingency plan and, at the very least, don't be wicked.
God, you want us to avoid wickedness of all kinds and shapes. We know that it can turn on us. We want to turn to you, instead. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Question of the day: In what areas of your life do you need to turn to God?
Copyright 2009 Amelia G. Sims