“His mother’s relatives reported the proposal [to make him the new ruler] to the leaders of Shechem. They were inclined to take Abimelech. ‘Because,’ they said, ‘he is, after all, one of us.’ ” Judges 9:3
Gideon had seventy sons by many wives, and one by his concubine, whom was named Abimelech. He grew up being told by his mother he was worthy because his father, Gideon, had been a powerful leader. Now that his father was dead, the seventy sons would become joint rulers of Israel.
Abimelech went to Shechem and convinced his mother’s relatives to support him to be the new ruler. After all, “I am your own flesh and blood.” Abimelech’s relatives took up a collection and gave him money to pay thuds to kill all 70 of his brothers. Removing them gave him a pathway to what he wanted: Power.
We have seen political names resurface, like Daley, Richard J. and Richard M, father and son, who both served as mayor of Chicago for six terms, and Bush, George H.W. and George W, father and son, who each served as presidents of the U.S. No doubt, name recognition made an impact on the election results, but once they got into office, they had to perform on their own merit. History will define how successful they were.
As for Abimelech and Shechem’s leaders, the adage “what goes around, comes around” proved true when they were killed by those who killed Abimelech’s seventy brothers.
Lord, help us realize our potential needs to run on our own merit. Amen.