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Abimelek

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Setting the Stage : Gideon Jdg 8:30 NIV - He had seventy sons of his own, for he had many wives. Jdg 8:31 NIV - His concubine, who lived in Shechem , also bore him a son, whom he named Abimelek .

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Power Grab Jdg 9:1 NIV - Abimelek son of Jerub -Baal went to his mother's brothers in Shechem and said to them and to all his mother's clan,

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Little King & The Curse Jdg 9:6 NIV - Then all the citizens of Shechem and Beth Millo gathered beside the great tree at the pillar in Shechem to crown Abimelek king. Jdg 9:7 NIV - When Jotham was told about this, he climbed up on the top of Mount Gerizim and shouted to them, "Listen to me, citizens of Shechem , so that God may listen to you.

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A Short Reign, God’s Judgment. Jdg 9:22 NIV - After Abimelek had governed Israel three years, Jdg 9:23 NIV - God stirred up animosity between Abimelek and the citizens of Shechem so that they acted treacherously against Abimelek .

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Zebul , The Governor Sends a Report Jdg 9:30 NIV - When Zebul the governor of the city heard what Gaal son of Ebed said, he was very angry. Jdg 9:31 NIV - Under cover he sent messengers to Abimelek , saying, " Gaal son of Ebed and his clan have come to Shechem and are stirring up the city against you.

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The First Big Fight Jdg 9:39 NIV - So Gaal led out the citizens of Shechem and fought Abimelek . Jdg 9:40 NIV - Abimelek chased him all the way to the entrance of the gate, and many were killed as they fled. Jdg 9:41 NIV - Then Abimelek stayed in Arumah , and Zebul drove Gaal and his clan out of Shechem .

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The Massacre at Shechem Jdg 9:42 NIV - The next day the people of Shechem went out to the fields, and this was reported to Abimelek . Jdg 9:43 NIV - So he took his men, divided them into three companies and set an ambush in the fields. When he saw the people coming out of the city, he rose to attack them. Jdg 9:44 NIV - Abimelek and the companies with him rushed forward to a position at the entrance of the city gate. Then two companies attacked those in the fields and struck them down. Jdg 9:45 NIV - All that day Abimelek pressed his attack against the city until he had captured it and killed its people. Then he destroyed the city and scattered salt over it.

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Burning of the Tower Jdg 9:46 NIV - On hearing this, the citizens in the tower of Shechem went into the stronghold of the temple of El- Berith . Jdg 9:47 NIV - When Abimelek heard that they had assembled there, Jdg 9:48 NIV - he and all his men went up Mount Zalmon . He took an ax and cut off some branches, which he lifted to his shoulders. He ordered the men with him, "Quick! Do what you have seen me do!" Jdg 9:49 NIV - So all the men cut branches and followed Abimelek . They piled them against the stronghold and set it on fire with the people still inside. So all the people in the tower of Shechem , about a thousand men and women, also died.

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Abimelek Continues His Attack Jdg 9:50 NIV - Next Abimelek went to Thebez and besieged it and captured it. Jdg 9:51 NIV - Inside the city, however, was a strong tower, to which all the men and women--all the people of the city--had fled. They had locked themselves in and climbed up on the tower roof. Jdg 9:52 NIV - Abimelek went to the tower and attacked it. But as he approached the entrance to the tower to set it on fire, Jdg 9:53 NIV - a woman dropped an upper millstone on his head and cracked his skull.

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What is the point of sharing this piece of history in the Bible? Intimacy !

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Knowledge = Theology = Intimacy 1Jo 4:7 ESV - Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God .

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The Theology of Man. You are revealed Demonstrates the utter sinfulness / evil of man. We want to be “free” of God. Jdg 17:6 KJV - In those days [there was] no king in Israel, [but] every man did [that which was] right in his own eyes. Rom 3:23 NIV - for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Rom 3:24 NIV - and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

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2. The Theology of God. God is revealed . God Reveals Himself 1 . Through The Created Universe. 2. The Special Revelation of The Bible. That is why God Total Shouts at us to KNOW HIS WORD. His Word is Truth.

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God’s most unpopular and Offensive Attributes God is Holy/Just, God is Sovereign. Reminder: Who is the main character of this story who has been sinned against? God: Judges 8:33-34 Jdg 9:23 NIV - God stirred up animosity between Abimelek and the citizens of Shechem so that they acted treacherously against Abimelek . How does God stir up animosity? How does God harden Pharaoh’s heart? Job, Judges & Romans give us a clue.

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Job 1:12 ESV - And the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand." So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD. Jdg 2:13 ESV - They abandoned the LORD and served the Baals and the Ashtaroth . Jdg 2:14 ESV - So the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he gave them over to plunderers, who plundered them. And he sold them into the hand of their surrounding enemies, so that they could no longer withstand their enemies.

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Romans: Rom 1:18 ESV - For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. Rom 1:24 ESV - Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, Rom 1:26 ESV - For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; Rom 1:28 ESV - And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.

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God’s Mercy and Grace is Highlighted Against His Holiness/Justice. Rom 3:25 NIV - God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement , through the shedding of his blood--to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished--

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God’s Popular Attributes Mercy, Grace & Love What Kind of Love! 1Jo 3:1 ESV - See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 1Jo 3:2 ESV - Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.

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Jhn 20:31 ESV - but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

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Eph 1:7 ESV - In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, Eph 1:8 ESV - which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight Eph 1:9 ESV - making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ Eph 1:10 ESV - as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. Eph 1:11 ESV - In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, Eph 1:12 ESV - so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.

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Wrong View of Christians

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How Deep Do You Want To Go?

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As we grow closer to God, Sanctification Continues.. Rom 7:24 ESV - Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Rom 7:25 ESV - Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.

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