The Plight Of A Dishonorable Man

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Judges 9:16 “Have you acted honorably and in good faith by making Abimelek king? Have you been fair to Jerub-Baal and his family? Have you treated him as he deserves?”

O-bservation:

None of us would say that Jerub-Baal (Gideon) was a pure and virtuous man. He was, however, the man God used to set Israel free from the terror of the Midianites. He had seventy sons by a myriad of different women, and one of them was the son of a slave woman from Shechem named Abimelek. He felt like a castoff, so he went to his brothers in Shechem after his father Gideon’s death and asked them for help. They agreed and with their assistance, he killed his seventy brothers. The Israelites then made Abimelek their king. But the youngest son of Gideon, Jotham, escaped. Sometime later, Jotham stood on a hill and challenged the people of Israel with the questions in Judges 9:16. Abimelek heard of it and started destroying everyone in Israel who did not support him. On one occasion, while he was trying to burn down a tower housing many people,  a woman dropped a boulder and crushed his skull. He begged his associate to kill him with a spear (which he did) so that it would not be said of him that a woman had killed him.

A-pplication:

This story depicts “The Plight Of A Dishonorable Man.” It doesn’t always happen this way, but the scripture is very clear when it says, “Be sure your sins will find you out” (Num. 32:23). Whether someone finds the sinner or not, that person's sins will chase him or her down in time. It’s the law of the harvest.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, This AM, I want you to help me be an honorable man in all I do. I do not want to sound trite or as if I’m unaware of what’s happening around me. Instead, I’m asking you to help me continue to be the man I started out to be. Amen
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Is Generational Sin Transfer Real?

S. O. A. P.

Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!

S-cripture:

Genesis 26:9 So Abimelek summoned Isaac and said, “She is really your wife! Why did you say, ‘She is my sister’?” Isaac answered him, “Because I thought I might lose my life on account of her.”

O-bservation:

Once again, this is a really unusual story to unpack. Probably 60 (circa) years after his father Abraham had lied to King Abimelek and told the king his wife, Sarah, was his sister, now Isaac too tells King Abimelek of the Philistines in Gerar that his beautiful wife Rebecca was his sister. Both father and son were found out by the king and allowed to go unpunished.

A-pplication:

A couple of questions need looked at here. First, is this the same Abimelek in both cases? Theologians are split on their decision. It’s unlikely that a king in that day would rule for such an extended period of time, but not out of the question. If it wasn’t the same man, another group of theologians insists it must have been his son. Either way, it’s unusual. The question also arises as to why the son committed the same sin as his father. Both Abraham and Isaac were escaping famine in the land and fled to Philistine territory, each of them was married to beautiful women, and both feared they would be killed because the king would want their wife. If we know the story of Abraham lying to the king, Isaac knew about it too, and it seemed a logical thing to do because of the situation he was facing. “Is Generational Sin Transfer Real?” It is. That’s why it’s imperative that “situational ethics” do not rule our moral choices. When God’s Word is obeyed, victory can be assured.

P-rayer:

Dear Jesus, I want to obey Your voice and Word. Help me when it seems too difficult to accomplish to know that OBEDIENCE to Your Word always leads to victory! Amen
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