And Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem to his mother's brothers, and communed with them…
I. CONTRASTS IN THE HISTORY OF GOD'S OWN PEOPLE. After Gideon — Abimelech!
II. THE BEST OF FATHERS MAY HAVE THE WORST OF SONS.
III. USEFUL PURPOSES ARE SERVED IN RECORDING A WICKED MAN'S LIFE IN THE BOOK OF GOD.
1. The record is given as a curse, and not as a blessing.
2. Such a record illustrates the truth of God's testimony respecting human character.
3. It shows by practical example the frightfully evil nature of sin when allowed to develop itself unchecked.
4. Wicked deeds recorded are beacons set up to warn us from the rocks and whirlpools of sin.
IV. GOD CAN BRING ACCUSERS AGAINST THE WICKED WHEN THEY FANCY THEMSELVES MOST SECURE.
(J. P. Millar.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem unto his mother's brethren, and communed with them, and with all the family of the house of his mother's father, saying,