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					Judges Chapter 9

 Old Testament Bible Studies
 True Love Church of Refuge
  Prophetess Delisa Lindsey
       June 17, 2009
Career of Gideon‟s son,
      Abimelech
Fifth Cycle : Israel vs. Abimelech
         Judges 9:1-10:5
           Who was Abimelech?
 His name literally means, My Father is the King
 He was the son of Gideon‟s sexual relationship with his
  concubine (girlfriend), who lived in Shechem.
 He was an illegitimate child and an illegitimate judge.
 He is mentioned as the son of Jerubbaal, rather than the
  God-given name of Gideon because he utilized Baal,
  (demonic assistance) in trying to set up a Canaanite city.
 He was nothing like his father, a very sharp contrast.
 He was a usurper who wanted to be king.
 He was close to his mother‟s family rather than his
  father‟s.
 Abimelech attempted to rebuild a Canaanite city in the
  very place where Joshua pledged Israel‟s allegiance to
  God.
                       Judges 9:1-2
   After Gideon‟s death, his
    illegitimate son, Abimelech
    goes to Shechem (shoulder) to
    rally the support of his
    mother‟s family to overthrow
    Gideon‟s other sons.
   He contended that it made no
    sense that his 70 half brothers
    should rule over his family
    when he could. One of their
    own.
   He gently reminds them that
    he is one of their own flesh
    and blood.
                        Judges 9:3-4
   The relatives began to speak
    on Abimelech‟s behalf to
    others and convince them of
    his ability to rule.
   They said yes, he is our
    brother.
   They financed his candidacy
    for king with 70 pieces of silver
    from the pagan temple of
    Baal-berith (Baal is lord of the
    covenant).
   Abimelech used these cursed
    funds to hire scoundrels to
    help him accomplish his
    military and political goals.
                Does this sound similar to our modern
                day election campaigns?
      The Temple of Baal-Berith
 Ancient temples were the storage places for vast
  amounts of wealth.
 People deposited huge amounts of personal and
  governmental funds at the Temple.
 Vows and penalties, even gifts were given to the Temple
  treasuries.
 The Temple of Baal-berith was discovered at Shechem
  by archaeologists.
 The pagan temple at SHechem further explains the low
  where with Israel had fallen.
 Shechem was the place where Jacob sons gathered. It
  was also one of the Levitical cities of refuge.
 The temple at Baal berith represented the exact opposite
  of Israel‟s victory under Joshua.
                        Judges 9:5-6
                                           In all actuality, Abimelech was
                                            financed by satan 70 silver
   The scoundrels Abimelech                pieces to hire satanic agents
    hired accompanied him to his            to destroy each of Gideon‟s 70
    father‟s home in Ophrah where           sons.
    they slaughtered his half              Gideon‟s family suffered great
    brothers, the 70 sons of                tragedy because of his illicit
    Gideon.                                 involvement with Abimelech‟s
   They were killed like sacrificial       mother.
    animals, inaugurating his              All the men of Shechem
    coronation service with a               gathered together with the
    pagan sacrifice.                        House of Millo, house of the
   He made a mistake though,               fortress or demonic
    the baby boy, Jotham (God is            stronghold, at the great tree
    perfect), escaped by hiding.            (the place where Jacob buried
                                            his son‟s idols – Gen 35:4),
                                            and was also the place where
                                            Joshua set up a pillar as the
                                            covenant between God and
                                            Israel.
    The Parable of the Trees - The Thorn King
                      Judges 9:7-15
 The trees in the parable stand for different kinds of people. The
  good fruits are symbols of good works. The olive is the type of a
  person who loves the Lord and does good works full of the oil of
  love.
 Sweet, nourishing figs represent good works, not of an interior,
  spiritual quality, but full of natural kindness. The fig tree, reaching
  out its branches widely on every hand, is the type of one who does
  such uses.
 Grapes and wine, which are the fruit of the vine, also represent
  good works; not works done for the love of the Lord, such as olives
  represent, nor works done from natural kindness, which are
  represented by the figs, but rather good works done from a
  spiritual intelligence, because one sees the wisdom and the
  happiness of doing them.
 The bramble is the type of someone who does not do good uses or
  only does them for show and for selfish gain. Those who do good
  of the three heavenly kinds are modest and wish only to serve, but
  selfishness loves to rule and to be served. Fire coming out of the
  bramble means the burning of selfish desires. The cedar which the
  fire destroys stands for rational understanding. Someone who is
  proud or angry cannot be wise.
                     Judges 9:16-21
 Jotham prophesies that if the men
  of Shechem have done a good
  thing in anointing Abimilech king,
  and in the manner in which they
  treated his father (reminding them
  of the battles his father fought on
  their behalf and the punishment of
  death they inflicted onto his
  descendants at the hand of the
  son of a slave girl, then rejoice.
 But if you haven‟t, he forewarns,
  let the fire of Abimelech devour
  the men of Shechem, Millo and let
  the retaliatory fires devour
  Abimelech.
 After making this declaration,
  Jotham fled to Beerand hid for
  fear.
                        Judges 9:22-23
   After Abimelech‟s three year reign of
  terror, trouble began to brew
  between Abimelech and the men
  of Shechem for God sent an evil
  spirit. This evil spirit caused the
  men to deal treacherously
  between the other.
 He was not the king of Israel
  rather a local governor over a
  small region of Manasseh. He
  wanted to be as equally renown
  as his father and failed miserably
  for his motives were hostile.
 God commands evil spirits to work
  between humans to change the
  course of history. This is why He
  is known as the Beginning and the
  End. He knows our latter end for
  He alone is Sovereign.
                     Judges 9:24-25
   God sent the evil spirit to
    avenge the blood of Gideon‟s
    70 sons on Abimelech and the
    men of Shechem who
    murdered them.
   Abimelech, as the self-
    appointed king, collected
    revenue from traveling
    caravans as he taxed them for
    passing through „his‟ territory.
    The men of Shechem devised
    a scheme by laying traps for
    the caravans, diverting them,
    and robbing them.
   These traitorous acts were
    reported to Abimelech.
                    Judges 9:26-27
   Gaal, Ebed‟s son led this band
    of robbers and the men of
    Shechem put their trust in him.
    He urged the people to return
    to Canaanite control and
    dismiss the Israeli, Abimelech.
   They gathered grapes, made
    wine and drank in the temple
    of Baal-berith and spoke
    slanderously against
    Abimelech.
   The vintage harvest was one
    of the most joyous times of
    year, (New Year‟s), but often
    turned into an alcoholic‟s
    paradise.
                       Judges 9:28
   Gaal provoked the people into
    remembering who Abimelech‟s
    father was, Gideon the noble
    Israeilite. He says why should
    we serve him when we can
    serve on of our own. He kindly
    forgets that Abimelech‟s
    mother was a full blooded
    Shechemite.
   Serve the men of Hamor, (the
    Hivite rule, founder of
    Shechem) he says which
    means the priests of temple of
    Baal-berith.
   Why serve Abimelech?
                    Judges 9:29-31
   Gaal, in his drunken stupor,
    ignorantly challenges an
    absent Abimelech. He tells him
    to rally your army and bring
    out for battle.
   When Zebul, the city ruler,
    hears of Gaal‟s ranting, he
    became outraged and secretly
    sent a swift warning to
    Abimelech.
   He tells the spies to report
    Gaal‟s plans to Abimelech in
    that he plans to start a
    revolution against him.
                    Judges 9:32-34
   Zebul sends a message to
    Abimelech to get up at night
    with his army and watch from
    the fields. Set ambush early in
    the morning while they are yet
    unawares and still recovering
    from their night of binge
    drinking that Abimelech may
    have the upper hand in the
    battle.
   Abimelech heeded the
    message he received from
    Zebul and divided his company
    into four sections.
                    Judges 9:35-37
   Gaal spotted Abimelech and
    his army as they were coming
    out of their hiding place.
   He comments to Zebul that he
    sees men coming down the
    mountain!
   Zebul, capitalizing on Gaal‟s
    previous drunken state, claims
    he is only imagining men
    coming down from the
    mountain, when in fact, they
    are shadows.
   Gaal looks and replies again
    that men are coming down
    through the plain from the
    direction of the sacred tree
    (Meonenim).
                    Judges 9:38-43
   Zebul taunts Gaal by asking
    him, where is your big mouth
    now? Aren‟t you the one who
    said Abimelech should serve
    you. You ridiculed him so get
    up and fight.
   So Gaal goes out to battle, ill
    prepared and ends up being
    chased out of town by
    Abimelech. Zebul threw out his
    family also that they should no
    longer live in Shechem.
   Even when they tried to
    return, the people told of it
    and they were ambushed by
    companies of three and were
    attacked.
                    Judges 9:44-48
   Abimelech set ambush at the
    entrance of the city and in the
    field, striking down every man.
    He fought, captured, and killed
    all the day long until the land
    was left desolate.
   To symbolize a perpetual ruin
    to that city, he strew it with
    salt marking it a place of
    barrenness and desolation.
   The remaining townspeople
    sought refuge in the tower of
    Berith at Beth Millo. When
    Abimelech heard of it, he went
    to Mt. Zalmun, took an axe,
    cut down a branch and
    ordered his men to do the
    same.
         The Tower of Shechem
 Ancient walled cities were never considered conquered
  until the stronghold or tower was taken.
 Make the comparison to the ministry of deliverance
  when certain lesser demons are cast out, yet the
  stronghold or strong-man demon holds clusters of
  demonic groups from being expelled from its victim.
  Jesus said, “this kind goeth not out but by fasting and
  prayer.”
 Notice Abimelech‟s method of destroying the tower. He
  was unable to eat or rest until he had complete victory
  over his enemies. He took an axe to cut down trees. And
  ultimately he lit the wood on fire. Fasting, the Sword,
  and the power of the Holy Ghost.
 What methods are you using to destroy the towers of
  Shechem in your life? Or are you content to let the
  “fleeing villains” hide?
                     Judges 9:49-51
   The men cut the branches,
    following Abimelech and piled
    them against the tower setting
    them on fire with the people
    still inside. See . Jotham‟s
    curse v. 20. About 1,000 men
    and women died in the tower.
   Abimelech went to Thebez,
    and captured the city. They
    had another strong tower to
    which people fled, shut
    themselves in and ran to the
    top.
                    Judges 9:52-54
   Abimelech pressed into the
    door using the same technique
    he used in Shechem, but this
    time he was in for a surprise.
   A woman looking from below,
    threw a millstone down at him
    which cracked him in the head,
    splitting his skull.
   With the small percentage of
    brain function left, he hastily
    called to his armor bearer to
    kill him that his death would
    not be rumored to be at the
    hands of a woman.
                 Judges 9:55-57
   God, Israel‟s true King,
    avenged the blood of
    Gideon‟s 70 sons.
   He also avenged their
    blood on the men of
    Shechem who conspired
    along with Abimelech.
   The curse of Jotham had
    come upon Abimelech
    and his scoundrels.
Judges 10-11

 June 24, 2009

				
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