He was astounded because all of the information was correct. He figured this must be a trick, so he stepped back on the scales, inserted another coin and down came his fortune: `Your name is still John Jones, you still weigh 188 pounds and you are still going to catch the 2:20 to Boston.'
Now he was more puzzled than ever. Sensing a trick, he decided to `fool'
whoever or whatever was responsible. He went into the men's room and changed clothes.
Once again he stepped on the scales, inserted his coin and down came
his fortune: `Your name is still John Jones, you still weigh 188 pounds -- but you just missed the 2:20 to Boston!'"
Judges 9:46-57 When the leading citizens who lived in the tower of Shechem heard what had happened, they ran and hid in the temple of Baal-berith. Someone reported to Abimelech that the citizens had gathered in the temple, so he led his forces to Mount Zalmon. He took an ax and chopped some branches from a tree, then put them on his shoulder. “Quick, do as I have done!” he told his men. So each of them cut down some branches, following Abimelech’s example. They piled the branches against the walls of the temple and set them on fire. So all the people who had lived in the tower of Shechem died—about 1,000 men and women. Then Abimelech attacked the town of Thebez and captured it. But there was a strong tower inside the town, and all the men and women—the entire population—fled to it. They barricaded themselves in and climbed up to the roof of the tower.
Abimelech followed them to attack the tower. But as he prepared to set fire to the entrance, a woman on the roof dropped a millstone that landed on Abimelech’s head and crushed his skull. He quickly said to his young armor bearer, “Draw your sword and kill me! Don’t let it be said that a woman killed Abimelech!” So the young man ran him through with his sword, and he died. When Abimelech’s men saw that he was dead, they disbanded and returned to their homes. In this way, God punished Abimelech for the evil he had done against his father by murdering his seventy brothers. God also punished the men of Shechem for all their evil. So the curse of Jotham son of Gideon was fulfilled.
As we come to the end of a very disheartening story, there are quite a few lessons we can learn from this tragedy.
First: God truly works with the sow & reap principle, no matter who He is working with. Whether from without – the Midianites, or from within – Abimelech, if you practice that which is evil you will reap the same! The very destruction the Midianites had dealt out to Israel, God, through Gideon, allowed the Midianites to reap. The same evil Abimelech gave to his own brothers, God gave back through Jotham’s curse and the people of Shechem, who also did their own reaping for the evil they participated in. There is no way of getting around the sow/reap principle that Scripture speaks of. It can be good, when you do what is right, God honors that! If, on the other hand you choose the wrong actions, unless God is merciful…which He is so many times…you will reap the consequences of your actions.
2 Corinthians 9:6 Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
Galatians 6:8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
The Body of Christ must, in love, speak the Truth and we will reap what God desires. He will build His church, not us building our church.
Meditation Questions: What is your understanding of sowing and reaping? How have you seen this in your own life? Is it always negative? Explain. How can you affect the sow and reap principle? If you sin, what is the wise thing to do? Even if you do the wise thing, will that always negate the principle of Sow and Reap? What would be the top three things you would do to impact this principle in your life?