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Summary: To show that GOD is the Source of all promotion not violence.

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I. EXORDIUM:

Are you promoted because of your abilities?

No. GOD promoted me because of His Grace and Mercy.

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers/unbelievers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that GOD is the Source of all promotion not violence.

IV. TEXT:

Judges 9:6 (Amplified Bible)

And all the men of Shechem gathered together and all of Beth-millo, and they went and made Abimelech king by the oak (terebinth) of the pillar at Shechem.

Judges 9:6 (King James Version)

And all the men of Shechem gathered together, and all the house of Millo, and went, and made Abimelech king, by the plain of the pillar that was in Shechem.

V. THESIS:

Praise, worship, glorify, adore, bless, honor, acknowledge and thank You very much LORD JESUS for You are the Judge sitting on the throne and You put one down and You lift up another. My goal is to please only You.

Psalms 75:6-7 (Amplified Bible)

For not from the east nor from the west nor from the south come promotion and lifting up.

But God is the Judge! He puts down one and lifts up another.

VI. TITLE:

Ridge and rampart of Abimelech

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: unknown, tradition attributes authorship to Samuel

B. Date written: 1086 - 1035 B.C.

C. Purpose: To review Israel's history following the conquest and prior to the Monarchy.

D. To whom written: Israel

E. Main theme: History of Israel during the time of the fifteen judges.

F. Keyword: apostasy

G. Key verse: Judges 17:6 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.

VIII. MAIN BODY:

Judges 9:6 (Amplified Bible)

And all the men of Shechem gathered together and all of Beth-millo, and they went and made Abimelech king by the oak (terebinth) of the pillar at Shechem.

Judges 9:6 (King James Version)

And all the men of Shechem gathered together, and all the house of Millo, and went, and made Abimelech king, by the plain of the pillar that was in Shechem.

A. Ridge and rampart of Abimelech, reason for his kingship

"And all the men of Shechem gathered together and all of Beth-millo

Shechem or "shekem" in Hebrew meaning: ridge. Ridge [Source: Webster's dictionary] means A long or continued range of hills or mountains; or the upper part of such a range. The back or top of the back.

Beth-millo or "bayth mil-lo" in Hebrew meaning: rampart. Rampart [Source: Webster's dictionary] means that which fortifies and defends from assault; that which secures safety.

Ridge and rampart sums up violence and temporal reign of evil king like Abimelech.

Psalms 12:8 (Amplified Bible)

The wicked walk or prowl about on every side, as vileness is exalted [and baseness is rated high] among the sons of men.

Proverbs 19:10 (Amplified Bible)

Luxury is not fitting for a [self-confident] fool—much less for a slave to rule over princes.

Proverbs 26:1 (Amplified Bible)

LIKE SNOW in summer and like rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a [self-confident] fool.

Isaiah 32:6 (Amplified Bible)

For the fool speaks folly and his mind plans iniquity: practicing profane ungodliness and speaking error concerning the Lord, leaving the craving of the hungry unsatisfied and causing the drink of the thirsty to fail.


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