The Power of Leaders
Posted: Tuesday, April 28
Verse of the day:
Finally all the trees said to the thornbush, ‘Come and be our king.’ (Judges 9:14)
Judges 9 contains a very peculiar parable about trees asking other trees to be their king. So what is the significance?
This story was told by Jotham, the youngest and sole survivor amongst Gideon’s 70 sons. Abimelech, Jotham’s older brother had killed all the rest of their 70 brothers. It was a senseless and violent act, yet Abimelech was declared Israel’s king for 3 years. So on to the parable…
First, the trees say to an olive tree, “Be our king,” but the olive tree refuses. Then, they ask the same thing of the fig tree and the vine, but each denies. Finally, the trees ask a thornbush to be their king, and the thornbush agrees.
In hearing the story, the people are supposed to recognize their terrible decision in selecting Abimelech as their king. A thornbush has sharp barbs that can inflict pain. Israel had selected the wrong leader and they were paying the price. I think we can take away two things from this…
One…people of character and virtue must be willing to step up into roles of leadership. If good people sit on the sidelines it creates a vacuum for people of less virtue to rise up.
Second…the selection of leaders is critically important. We’ve all been blessed with the right and privilege to vote. But it would be a mistake to think that God doesn’t have an opinion on the people we should and shouldn’t elect. Let’s pray today for God to be honored in the selection of our nation’s leaders.