|Abimelech kills his brothers and takes command...|
What began as God making a witness through a leader inspired by a charism of leadership disintegrates in a rugged exchange of blood for blood and sin for sin. It sets the patterns of the book of Judges, and it also serves as a lesson and reminder that action and life apart from God are not sustainable. No human effort can maintain connection to a life of blessings apart from a deep and faithful binding of will to God.
|The sin: healing on the Sabbath|
Both of these stories are a challenge to us today, for they remind us that life is NOT all about us and our strengths, opinions and certainties. Life is at its best when we are willing to open ourselves up to God's grace and dial in on being faithful to God's desire for us. It means an open willingness to see with loving hearts just how wild, free and unpredictable God can truly be when working out God's purposes for creation-particularly through us and our fallible, stumbling selves.