March 09, 2008

Breadcrumb: Never send a boy to do a man's job

When Gideon finally has the Midianite kings, Zebah and Zalmunna, in his grasp, he declares he's going to kill them for murdering his brothers. However, in a fit of delegation, he commands his eldest son, Jether, to do it for him instead. Jether, being pretty young and not used to all this drop-of-the-hat killing, hesitates. Zebah and Zalmunna taunt Gideon for not doing the deed himself, which was obviously the wrong tactic, because Gideon gets up and kills them. To add insult to injury, he also takes their camels' jewellery, presumably to put on his own camels. No doubt Gideon also gave Jether a long talking-to when they got home. (Judg. 8:18-21)

1 comment:

Heather said...

i have to say that the idea of taunting someone for not being able to kill you is a little mind-boggling. I think it might even merit a Darwin award.