“God sent a spirit of ill will between Abimelech and the men of Shechem; and the men of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech, that the crime done to the seventy sons of Jerubbaal might be settled and their blood be laid on Abimelech their brother, who killed them, and on the men of Shechem, who aided him in the killing of his brothers.”Judges 9:23-24 NKJV
The scripture says that “God sent a spirit of ill will between Abimelech and the men of Shechem”. Why did this happen? V24 tells us that it was a judgement for the “..crime done to the seventy sons of Jerubbaal…”. Abimelech killed 70 sons of Gideon (also known as Jerubbaal) in Jud 9:5.
We are reminded that God is aware of everything that happened. And He is in control of everything that happened and will happen. In this case, God judged Abimelech by sending a spirit of ill will between Abimelech and the men of Shechem. We see here that even the relationship between people is under the control of God!
How is the relationship with your fellow brethren and the people around you today? It will depend on your relationship with God. Listen to the wisdom of the Proverbs in how you may have favour with both God and man…
“And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil.” Proverbs 3:4-7 NKJV
Seek God and His kingdom first and even this blessing of “having favour with both God & men” will be added unto you.