Judges 9:1-6 — “And he went unto his father’s house …and slew his brethren the sons of Jerubbaal, being threescore and ten persons, upon one stone…” Gideon’s son Abimelech perpetrated one of the most vicious crimes in Israel’s history. He was enabled and assisted by the leaders of his city, who, when it was done, made him their king.
In what kind of a world does something like this happen? How do you get an Abimelech? What does it take for evil to flourish? These are the questions we consider as we continue our study through the Book of Judges.