when solidarity is sin

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when solidarity is sin

Judges 9:1-6 (JDV)

Judges 9:1 Abimelech son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem and spoke to his uncles and to all his mother’s clan, and he said this:
Judges 9:2 “Please speak in the hearing of all the landowners of Shechem, ‘Is it better for you that seventy men, all the sons of Jerubbaal, govern over you or that one man govern over you? ‘ Remember that I am your own flesh and blood.”
Judges 9:3 His mother’s relatives told all these words about him in the hearing of all the landowners of Shechem, and they were favorable to Abimelech, because they said, “He is our brother.”
Judges 9:4 So they gave him seventy pieces of silver from the temple of Baal-berith. Abimelech used it to hire hollow and violent men, and they followed him.
Judges 9:5 He went to his father’s house in Ophrah and killed his seventy brothers, the sons of Jerubbaal, on top of a large stone. But Jotham, the youngest son of Jerubbaal, survived, because he had hidden.
Judges 9:6 Then all the landowners of Shechem and of Beth-millo gathered together and proceeded to make Abimelech king at the oak of the pillar in Shechem.

when solidarity is sin

Like the landowners of Shechem, we are often tempted to choose one voice over the seventy. In this case, that one voice was a “brother” but also a treacherous murderer.

LORD, give us wisdom to avoid solidarity around anyone except your chosen king, Jesus Christ.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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