Day Seventy-Nine, Judges 8-9
Today’s reading just contained an interesting contrast, as we see Gideon’s son, as opposed to Gideon.
Gideon had refused to rule over the people, even though they tried to make him their king. He said, “The Lord will rule over you.”
However, his son, Abimelech, purposely tried to take over the leadership of Israel, going as far as killing his brothers in order to do so. Only one of Gideon’s sons, Jotham, escaped from Abimelech. He predicted that disaster would come upon those who follow Abimelech, and it was true, as those who originally followed him ended up rebelling against him. So he destroyed them, but as he went to attack one of the cities, a woman dropped a millstone on him. So both Abimelech and those who followed him in doing wrong were punished.