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Abimelech was a pretty evil dude. I mean, shortly after he’s introduced in Judges 9 he “murdered his seventy brothers.” Now, I don’t know about you but I would constitute that as being evil.
I imagine Abimelech as being the bully of his area. He had men fleeing the city because they were afraid of him and even had a posse that reported back to him. Abimelech confidently marched into battle and didn’t have a problem attacking the cities around him.
He probably felt like Marlon Brando in “The Godfather” – untouchable. Abimelech probably never gave a second thought to murdering his seventy brothers. (That sounds a lot like us after we’ve sinned – we act like it never happened.) But, God didn’t forget about the murders and He wasn’t going to let him get away with it. As Abimelech was about to set a tower on fire that he had just raided, “A woman dropped an upper millstone on his head and cracked his skull.”
I love God’s sense of humor. He knew that Abimelech would be mortified if news spread that he, the mighty warrior, had been killed by a woman. Listen to what the Bible says in Judges 9:54, “Hurriedly he called to his armor-bearer, ‘Draw your sword and kill me, so that they can’t say, “A woman killed him.” ‘ So his servant ran him through, and he died.” God sure knows how to humble His people doesn’t He?
Are you running or trying to hide something from God? You might as well give it up, my friend. Much like Abimelech, you may get away with it for a season. Why not turn it over to the Lord and be done with it?
I want to leave you with a passage: Ephesians 5:11-14 – “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible.”
What do you need to expose to the light?