If you are wondering why Gideon is being called Jerubbaal, which means “let Baal contend with him”, it is the new name he received after tearing down the family altar of Baal (Judges 6:32). Today “God sent a spirit of ill will between Abimelech and the men of Shechem…that the crime done to the seventy sons of Jerubbaal might be settled…”. Gaal and his brother plot to overthrow Abimelech. Gaal does not succeed with the first attempt. During the second battle Abimelech seizes Shechem and kills the people at the city gate and in the fields. The remaining people flee to the temple of the god Berith for refuge but Abimelech barricades them inside and sets it on fire killing about 1,000 men and women.
Next Abimelech goes to Thebez and all the people of the city take refuge in the top of a tower. Abimelech did not have the same success with burning down this tower. A woman throws a millstone down and crushes his head. Abimelech tells his armor-bearer to thrust his sword through him so no one will say that a woman killed him. (Sorry Abimelech but the truth landed in the Bible for us to read about today.😬)
Lastly, we meet Jephthah, a mighty man of valor and a son of a harlot. His half brothers drive him away from home but when Ammon makes war against Israel they ask Jephthah to come back and save them. Jephthah says, “If you take me back home to fight against the people of Ammon, and the Lord delivers me, shall I be your head?” The elders of Gilead say yes!
Tomorrow Jephthah makes a really stupid vow to the Lord. 🤦♀️ Keep reading to find out what happens!