Judges 9:19-21 No Need to Be Quiet About Faith

Judges 9:19-21 (KJV)
If ye then have dealt truly and sincerely with Jerubbaal and with his house this day, then rejoice ye in Abimelech, and let him also rejoice in you:
But if not, let fire come out from Abimelech, and devour the men of Shechem, and the house of Millo; and let fire come out from the men of Shechem, and from the house of Millo, and devour Abimelech.
And Jotham ran away, and fled, and went to Beer, and dwelt there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.

Jotham was right to be afraid. Abimelech would certainly kill him if he had the chance. But he did speak up and his curse did come to pass (albeit three years later).

Sometimes the circumstances warrant a safe place and a strategic retreat. The power of Satan and those who, whether wittingly or otherwise, follow him is real and sometimes quite violent. There is no reason to get persecuted needlessly. Elijah had the good sense to flee from Jezebel. We ought to have as much sense as that.

This however doesn’t mean we keep quiet about our faith. Jotham was discreet but he wasn’t quite.

Let’s follow his lead.

 

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Judges 9:19-21 No Need to Be Quiet About Faith

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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