Last week – the story of Gideon, who refused the offer of ______________
1. Abimelech wants to be King
But Gideon replied, “I will not rule over you, nor will my son. The Lord will rule over you!
Gideon had ________ sons by many wives down in the town of Ophrah.
But up in Shechem, Gideon’s other son ___________________ decided he would make himself King.
In Shechem they had replaced the true God with a local god called _____________ __________________ .
In the story of Abimelech, there is no external enemy like the Midianites, but rather it is going to be ___________________ versus ____________________ a virtual civil war in the land!
2. The Son From Hell
Abimelech persuaded the people of the town of ___________________ to support his quest for the Kingship.
To do this, he had to kill his ______________ brothers down in Ophrah.
But the youngest of the brothers called _______________ got away.
He stood on Mt Gerizim and recited a “fable”, which turned out to be a prophecy from God.
Of the four trees, ________________ didn’t want to become King, but the ______________ did want to be King.
One day some real nasty types showed up in Shechem, this was _____________ and his gang.
Gaal wanted Shechem to get rid of _____________________ and reassert its independence.
3. Jotham’s prophecy comes true
Abimelech reacted to Gaal’s challenge by turning up at night and surrounding the town of _______________________ .
Gaal thought he saw them but the town governor lied to him, saying it was just _______________________ on the hillside.
So Gaal had to engage Abimelech and his forces in a fight to the death.
Abimelech proceeded to _________________ as many people as he could and he burnt down the Temple of ________________ _______________ .
Not satisfied, Abimelech went off to do the same to the town of Thebez, but a woman hurled down a ____________________ which crushed him.
In this way the prophecy which _________________ spoke came true.
Israel won’t get the right King until they get a man who is totally loyal to God and his covenant, and this is ______________ .