Bible Study Lesson — Judges 9:25-57
In school, most of us learned in science class the truths of cause and effect. “If you do this — that happens.“, right?
This is the center point of our lesson from Judges today.
The worthless king Abimelech found that he was about to receive a firsthand account of “cause and effect“.
Death of Abimelech and the Consequences of Actions
Then Abimelech went to Thebez, and he camped against Thebez and captured it.
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.
So Abimelech came to the tower and fought against it, and approached the entrance of the tower to burn it with fire.
But a certain woman threw an upper millstone on Abimelech’s head, crushing his skull.
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.
When the men of Israel saw that Abimelech was dead, each departed to his home.
Thus God repaid the wickedness of Abimelech, which he had done to his father in killing his seventy brothers.
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. – Judges 9:50-57 NASB
The Curse of Jotham
Just as the curse stated in Judges by Jotham in 9:16-20, Abimelech was a worthless king who brought nothing but sorrow and desolation to the people.
He annihilated Gaal and all those who spoke against him with no mercy.
This is just a glimpse of what happens when the people go against God’s plan for them.
Remember, Abimelech had already killed all but one of his 70 brothers so that none would oppose him.
Sins of the Father – Again
Abimelech was born of a concubine taken by Gideon. God did not directly punish him at the time, but his family also suffered for his mistake.
The legacy of Amimelech is the destruction of a family – and a nation. In the end he was killed by a woman throwing a farm implement (a millstone) which would have been an embarrassing way to die.
Do Our Actions have Consequences?
Of course they do! When we go against God’s will, we may or may not be punished right away.
But, no one really “gets away with it”. I’ve personally known people who have had family members involved in crimes.
Who suffers? Well, the person who committed the crime does have to pay with their loss of freedom when he or she is incarcerated.
The other side of the coin is that the family suffers in a totally different way.
They face the agony of seeing a loved one in that predicament. They fear for their safety in an environment such as this. They many times suffer financial loss with trying to supply needs of the inmate – not to mention the burden of attorney’s fees, etc.
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So, do you believe there are consequences for every action we take? Let’s ponder the possible outcome before we make big decisions in our lives.
Love in Christ
If you would like to discover more about the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to read John 3:16 here.
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