Women of the Word: the Woman With the Millstone

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Judges 9 tells the story of Abimelech, who was one of the sons of the judge Gideon. Even though they were related, Abimelech was not like his father at all. He did not love God like Gideon did, and he came to power by killing off his opposition – particularly all the other sons of Gideon, his brothers. Abimelech was mean, violent, and empathy-lacking. He burned down one tower that was full of people and was about to burn down a second tower when our (s)hero stepped in with her stone and saved the day.

1. The woman with the millstone used what she had. As we can see from the Bible, about a thousand men and women died in the tower of Shechem when Abimelech set it on fire. After Shechem, Abimelech moved on to the city of Thebez. There was a strong tower in this city too, and all the people of the city fled to the tower and shut themselves inside at the appearance of Abimelech, who immediately went about trying to burn it up.

Fortunately, he was not successful because “a certain woman dropped an upper millstone on Abimelech’s head and crushed his skull.” Abimelech was shocked that a stone plunked him on the head. He was doubly shocked that it had been the work of a woman. He told his armour-bearer, “Draw your sword and kill me, lest men say of me, ‘A woman killed him.'” The armour-bearer carried out his request and thus Abimelech died, and the people of the city of Thebez were saved – thanks to their brave millstone throwing woman.

Never let circumstances limit your creativity. If you don’t have a sword, use a stone. Where there is a will, there is a way. The woman with the millstone saw that something had to be done about Abimelech; no one else was doing anything but hiding, so she did something.

If you see something or someone who requires immediate attention, don’t wait until you have the perfect time or the perfect equipment. Use the resources available to you and do what needs to be done now.

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