March 29, 2023

Wednesday – History

Reading – Judges 9

“When Jotham heard about this, he climbed to the top of Mount Gerizim and shouted, “Listen to me, citizens of Shechem! Listen to me if you want God to listen to you!”
‭‭Judges‬ ‭9‬:‭7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Abimelech, the illegitimate son of of Gideon, killed 70 of the sons of Gideon to seal his power in Shechem.

Jotham, whose name mean orphan – ironically or intentionally, I don’t know – was the only legitimate son left.

If it were me, I would have been out of there – as far away as possible.

Jotham decided it was worth the risk to warn the citizens of Shechem. He goes on from this verse to warn them Jesus style, with a parable.

Then he took off and found refuge in Beer – the town, not the drink.

The people of Shechem did not listen. They continued their slide into idolatry and lawlessness.

So, why did Jotham warn them and why does the Bible report it?

The Bible does not specifically tell us why. But I believe it is simply another way to honor Gideon and Jotham as well for staying faithful and speaking up.

Is there something you feel compelled to proclaim to try to move people into faithfulness?
Are your motives pure and selfless?
What’s keeping you from saying it?

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