Judges 17 takes a little history to understand what the verse is talking about.  We left off with the bramble bush, vs. 14 -15, which is a reference to Moses on the mount and the voice of the Lord talking to Him in the symbolism of a burning bush.  Let’s look at the verse and break it down;

17 (For my father fought for you, and adventures his life far, and delivered you out of the hand of Midian:

History

According to the Book of Genesis, the Midianites were the descendants of Midian, who was a son of Abraham and his wife Keturah: “Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah. And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah”

Keturah was a concubine and wife of the Biblical patriarch Abraham. According to the Book of Genesis, Abraham married Keturah after the death of his first wife, Sarah. Abraham and Keturah had six sons.

Discernment of History

A concubine would mean she was a slave who had a lower status then a wife.  Keturah was a slave the same as Hagar whose son was Ishmael which is the linkage of the Gentiles.  Keturah represents the woman of the upper Arab peninsula of the Muslim religion they were of lower status, the husband could have sex with her and have children that were slaves.  This is the spirituality of slavery for the woman to the altars of men.

So the Midianites considered the woman chattel which is still prevalent around the world today.  Even in the Western Hemisphere where the church of men will teach the young males that the woman caused the sins of mankind.  This is pure bunk and bull dung.  They in turn make themselves masters over the woman this goes on around the world every day.

So for the Women that are considering a belief in one God the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob become a free woman in the bosom of the Lord and not a slave to men of darkness.  Your freedom lies in the Spirit of God and let Him come across your face and heart.

For the man the woman is not your handmaiden or concubine she is the helpmeet of God who created her and made her the helpmeet of the man.   The man is to cleave to the woman not the other way around.

The father in this verse is referring to Jethro who was the father in law of Moses.  Who followed the Abrahamic God.  He traveled out of the floodplains of the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers into the upper regions of the Arab peninsula and freed the slaves, male or female from the yoke of the Midianite gods.  

So the Jewish people migrated down to the land of the Canaanites who had their own gods and wanted a king which of course is Abimelech.  Kings as we can see always had concubines we see this in king, Saul, David, Solomon who by himself had hundreds of wives and concubines.  The men had heard of the one God and was wanting God to rule over them but the men were not willing to give up their made up authority over every living thing, ie, the woman.  They wanted to keep her and her children in slavery all their lives and as you can see that spirit of darkness is prevalent across the Middle East and elsewhere in the World in all countries to include the United States.  

When we look at vs. 18 it says that Abimelech was a son of a handmaiden.  I grew up in America an as a young man I was influenced by looking at my parents marriage from the altars of the church that the woman was subservient to the man.  It has taken me a lot of years to de program myself from the spirituality of darkness to see the light.  My wife is now a freewoman and I am a freeman in the Spirit of God because He came across my face one day and opened my eyes to the slavery of the churches that men make.

As a woman you want to stay as a concubine then listen to the altars of men or you can open the Word with a good dictionary and free yourself from the yoke of slavery and create your own world from Faith in contrast to the land you were born in.

As a young man you have no authority over the Woman but a co equality in freedom in the spirituality of the one God who created you and both of you in a marriage find the Spirit of Christ that flows through your blood.

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