A Covenant Lawsuit

“And when it was announced to Jotham, he went and stood on the top of Mount Gerizim and lifted his voice, calling out, saying to them, ‘Listen to me leaders of Shekem and God will listen to you.’” (Judges 9:7) Before Jotham goes into hiding, God sends him as a prophet to speak condemnation against… Read More

The Execution of Abimelech’s Brothers

“And he entered his father’s house at Ophrah and executed his brothers, the sons of Jeruba’al, seventy men upon a single stone. Yet, Jotham, the youngest son of Jeruba’al, remained because he was hidden. And so he gathered all the leaders of Shekem and all of the house of Millo and they went and enthroned… Read More

Conclusion (Judges 9:7-15)

There is much more to the story than just this parable, and I would encourage you to go and read the rest of Judges, chapter 9 (and on…).  Ultimately, the people get what they ask for:  an illegitimate king.  Also, Jotham’s prediction certainly comes true—there is fire between Abimelech and the people of Shechem, which… Read More

The Fire and the Cedars (Judges 9:15)

“And the bramble said to the trees, ‘If in truth you anoint me to be king over you, enter and take refuge in my shadow.  But if there is not, let fire go out from the bramble, and let it consume the cedars of Lebanon!’”  (Judges 9:15)   There are two levels to how we… Read More

The Bramble (Judges 9:14)

“Then all of the trees said to the bramble, ‘You come and reign over us.’” (Judges 9:14)   And this is where you end up if you try and organize life in accordance with your own desires and not in accordance to God’s will.  You end up with a good-for-nothing, thorny bramble as your king. … Read More

The Third Rejection (Judges 9:13)

“The Third Rejection”   “And the vine said to them, ‘Shall I leave my new wine, which is joy to God and men, and shall I go to dominate the trees?’” (Judges 9:13)   This is the third and the last rejection that the forest’s “new king committee” receives, and once again, the rejection is… Read More

The Second Rejection (Judges 9:11)

“And the fig said to them, ‘Should I end my sweetness and my good fruit and shall I go to dominate the trees?’” (Judges 9:11)   And once again, the trees are rejected by the one they would make king.  The fig rejects the throne on the same basis as the olive; gentleness, sweetness, and… Read More

The First Rejection (Judges 9:9)

“And the olive tree said to them, ‘Should I leave my fatness, which in me God and men are honored and shall I go to dominate the trees?’”  (Judges 9:9)   Here we see that Jotham, who is telling the story, understands what is going on.  The rightful tree rejects the offer of kingship, just… Read More

The Parable of the Trees: Intro (Judges 9:8-15)

Introduction:   Usually when we think of parables, we think of Jesus because he often used parables in his teaching and preaching method.  Yet, we should remember that Jesus was not the only one to use parables and that they can be found throughout scripture.  Indeed, this parable is taken from the book of Judges.… Read More