Day 128 – May 8, 2021
Scriptures: Judges 9, Psalm 120
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Abimelech grasps for power. He consolidates power under his name so he can rule and reign with an iron fist. He proves himself to be a bloodthirsty warmonger. There is so much death under his reign, there is no peace.
Not much can be said positively about this. I suppose what comes to mind today is Jesus’ words, “those who live by the sword, die by the sword.” In the case of Abimelech, he almost dies of a stone, but instead the sword pierces him. He lived by the sword and died by the sword.
I join with the Psalmist in calling for peace, “I am for peace, but when I speak, they are for war.”
Let’s pursue peace today in Christ. Surrounded by war, we are a people of peace.
Blessed are the peacemakers!
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Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.