Excerpts from my 4th book “The Falsehoods of the Bible (Old Testament) due out late in 2021.
Session – 90
The Book of Judges Chapter 8 & 9
In Session 89 Chapter 7 we learned that when one deals with God all things are possible—including pink elephants and pigs do fly!
Gideon, with God’s help, succeeds in killing 120,000 Midianites and their supporters.
And it came to pass, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the children of Israel turned again, and went a whoring after Ba’-a-‘lim, and made Ba’-al-be’-rith their god. And the children of Israel remembered not the LORD their God, who had delivered them out of the hands of all their enemies on every side (Judg. 7:33-34).
When Gideon died; he left behind 72 (?) sons with no named successor (see Judg. 8:23). Not a problem for one crafty son named Abimelech, who came up with the phrase and solution “kill them all!”
And A-bim’-e-lech the son of Jer-ub-ba’-al went to She’-chem unto his mother’s brethren, and communed with them … Speak I pray you, in the ears of all the men of She’-chem, Whether is better for you, either that all sons of Jer-ub-ba’-al, which are threescore and ten persons, reign over you, or that one reign over you? remember also that I am your bone and your flesh … And his mother’s brethren spake of him in the ears of all the men of She’-chem all these words … and they gave him threescore and ten pieces of silver … wherewith A-bim’-e-lech hired vain and light persons, which followed him (Judg. 9:1-4).
Now here is where I get confused? Please keep in mind; I am not a religious scholar.
And he went unto his father’s house at Oph’-rah, and slew his brethren the sons of Jer-ub-ba’-al, being threescore and ten persons, upon one stone: Notwithstanding yet Jo’-tham the youngest son of Jer-ub-ba’-al was left; for he hid himself. And all the men of She’-chem gathered together, and all the house of Mil’-lo, and went, and made A-bim-e-lech king … (Judg. 9:5-6).
OK, this is one of those—is the glass half empty—or half full type situations. Some would claim that 69 sons were killed, and one got away. Leaving two sons left for a total of 71 sons in question. Others would claim that the keyword is notwithstanding which means—in spite of. This would mean that 70 sons were indeed killed, with two remaining, for a total of 72 sons in question. Then there are those who would claim there are only 69 sons and 71 sons totally. Religious historians would claim it’s as clear as the nose on your face. But then again—it depends on the face.
For those who can’t see clearly, Abimelech did kill all his brothers, except one, in order to be crowned king according to the story—which caught the attention of God. According to the Bible.
When Ab-bim’-e-lech had reigned three years over Israel, Then God sent an evil spirit between A-bim’-e-lech and the men of She’-chem; and the men of She’-chem dealt treacherously with A-bim’-e-lech: That the cruelty done to the threescore and ten sons of Jer-ub-ba’-al might come, and their blood be laid upon A-bim’-e-lech their brother, which slew them; and upon the men of She’-chem, which aided him in the killing of his brethren (Judg. 9:22-24).
For those who would even think that the capabilities of God and the devil in Christian mythology and doctrine mirror each other, I give you Isaiah 45:7 to ponder: I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.
Abimelech went on to destroy the men of She’-chem and a woman with grain stone—went on to destroy A-bim’-e-lech.
Thus God rendered the wickedness of A-bim’-e-lech … and all the evil of the men of She’-chem (Judg. 9:56-57).
The point is, God, claims to have created evil and man created God out of the figment of his imagination. So, evil comes not from a God—but from man.
Ivan Peter Kovak