07 Judges: Abimelech, Tola, Jair

Oct 15, 2023    Kasey Horvath

In this next installment of the book of Judges, Pastor Kasey continues to analyze the story by looking at Israel's depravity, Yahweh's discipline, and Yahweh's deliverance. We learn about how Gideon's successes at war were contrasted by failures in his personal life. Gideon's son, Abimelech, rises to power, and God uses this wicked Judge to judge the Israelites for their own disobedience. God then pours out his own judgement on the wicked Abimelech, using an "unnamed woman," pointing us to Jesus, the ultimate "skull-crusher", and reminding us that ultimately only God saves.

Pastor Kasey parallels this narrative with the modern church, and our own need to make sure we are not just catechizing our children, but actually ministering to their hearts and raising them in fear and admonition of the Lord.