Taking a walk through Judges 9 we see that the people wanted someone to lead them in a new country that they had emigrated to, Canaan, the land of gods. So they elected Abimelech king a watchman to guard their Temple as to what they believed in on a spiritual level.
Just for sake of reference it probably has not occurred to too many people but the word Temple also refers to your eyes and forehead, that is where you get the scriptural term, ” between the frontlets of your eyes” this is your mind. In the Word this is regarded as the dwelling place, of a god or gods or other objects of religious reverence residing in your soul. On a micro scale this refers to your body as a Temple unto one God. The Word is predicated on individual belief more so then on collective beliefs amongst a group of people with different biases.
This is why I have stated before in the past if you serve a king ie..Roman Catholic Church, Baptist, Pentecostal, Muslim, Buddha, Hindu ect.. all you are doing is assuaging your feelings and emotions to feel good about yourself which is deceitful. Your serving no one but another man named Abimelech who will steal your spirit and wealth. To slay someone in the Word is to steal their core spiritual beliefs and twist them like a serpent slithering on the ground. You thrust a spear into their side,” the blood and water gushed out”, remember. We are all made of blood and water all of mankind.
24 That the cruelty done to the threescore and ten sons of Jerubbaal might come, and their blood be laid upon Abimelech their brother, which slew them; and upon the men of Shechem, which aided him in the killing of his brethren.
Two words to pay attention here is the word cruelty and slew. What this is saying is a priest a pastor one who is elevated turned the eyes of all to himself and they put their trust in Abimelech and they slew the belief in one God the same as crucifying Christ hundreds of years later. The blood of Christ will be on their shoulders.
25 And the men of Shechem set liers in wait for him in the top of the mountains, and they robbed all that came along that way by them: and it was told Abimelech.
If you remember Shechem is shoulders and liers is an archaic word which means to lay in a horizontal position their minds were laying on the ground their thoughts were not pure. To rob someone is to take their wealth and power instead of relinquishing all control over to God in your everyday affairs. What this is also saying is that man always wants what another man has. They wanted what Abimelech had power and wealth and control of others, slavery. So now you had a division in the house of Abimelech brother fighting brother etc…
26 And Gaal the son of Ebed came with his brethren, and went over to Shechem: and the men of Shechem put their confidence in him.
So now the men wanted a changed to take place in their leadership so now comes along a contemptible person by the name of Gaal who was a slave the son of Ebed. He tells them that he has a better idea to make themselves feel good about themselves in a harsh life. Just follow him so the men went and followed Gaal and his worship of god was going to be different then what Abimelech offered.
27 And they went out into the fields, and gathered their vineyards, and trode the grapes, and made merry, and went into the house of their god, and did eat and drink, and cursed Abimelech.
Vineyards is plural which means they gathered their woman and children to follow a new pastor and the portion of the Lord disappeared unto all.
So basically the people changed Temples and beliefs and went with another pastor in belief that redemption would lie with him. The gathered in a large mass, trode and put the belief of one God out of mind and they went into the house of their gods and partied and made merry and cursed the other pastor.
Jer. 12:10 Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.
Meanwhile God who is great went to the mount of Gerizim the mount with two halves and hearken to the men to listen to Him. He watched them in the valleys and slopes of Shechem. Still God has not called Judgement yet upon His people however he shows His patience but the story is not over.
7 And when they told it to Jotham, he went and stood in the top of mount Gerizim
God will give you up to your ways you need a pastor to teach you instead of the Holy Spirit. You need to hang out in a church than suffer the consequences as we will see in the later chapters, Judgement always comes to the watchman and to those that follow him. The double portions of God do not exist in the walls to the church building, look around at America and Europe and tell me different.
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