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Confirming the Will of God

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When it was confirmed that Gideon was the one guilty of tearing down the altar of Baal the followers marched on Gideon’s house and demanded that he be turned over to them for execution (v. 30). Joash, Gideon’s father responded by saying, “If (Baal) is a God let him contend for himself” (v. 31). That same day, Joash changed Gideon’s name to Jerubbaal (v. 32). After the crisis had passed Gideon became a hero and many of the tribes began to rally around him.

During this time the Midianites and their allies swarmed across the valley of Jezreel and a swift military defense was needed (v. 33). The power of the Holy Spirit had fallen on Gideon and he was prepared to deliver Israel (v. 34). And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh, and the Manassites were called to follow him; and he sent messengers to Asher, to Zebulun, and to Naphtali, and they came up to meet them (v. 35). However Gideon’s faith was not constant and so the Lord reassures Gideon that He will deliver Israel through him by the wet and dry fleece of wool in the threshing floor (vv. 36-40). It is too bad when God’s people begin to trust circumstances to lead them instead of relying on God’s Word. The patience of the Lord is remarkably shown as He deals more tenderly and graciously with His children than most earthly fathers would do.

Application

When is the last time I failed to trust God to bring me through a difficult circumstance and I put out a fleece, so to speak, and asked God to do certain things to prove He was with me. God wants my faith to be in Him and not circumstances. (John 20:29).

Judges 6:30-40 (English Standard Version)

Then the men of the town said to Joash, "Bring out your son, that he may die, for he has broken down the altar of Baal and cut down the Asherah beside it." But Joash said to all who stood against him, "Will you contend for Baal? Or will you save him? Whoever contends for him shall be put to death by morning. If he is a god, let him contend for himself, because his altar has been broken down." Therefore on that day Gideon was called Jerubbaal, that is to say, "Let Baal contend against him," because he broke down his altar. Now all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the people of the East came together, and they crossed the Jordan and encamped in the Valley of Jezreel. But the Spirit of the LORD clothed Gideon, and he sounded the trumpet, and the Abiezrites were called out to follow him. And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh, and they too were called out to follow him. And he sent messengers to Asher, Zebulun, and Naphtali, and they went up to meet them. Then Gideon said to God, "If you will save Israel by my hand, as you have said, behold, I am laying a fleece of wool on the threshing floor. If there is dew on the fleece alone, and it is dry on all the ground, then I shall know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you have said." And it was so. When he rose early next morning and squeezed the fleece, he wrung enough dew from the fleece to fill a bowl with water. Then Gideon said to God, "Let not your anger burn against me; let me speak just once more. Please let me test just once more with the fleece. Please let it be dry on the fleece only, and on all the ground let there be dew." And God did so that night; and it was dry on the fleece only, and on all the ground there was dew.

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