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The Commission of Gideon

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Many years ago in St. Louis a Christian man was completing some business with a lawyer. Before leaving the office, the Christian turned to the lawyer and said: “I have often wanted to ask you a question, but I have been a coward.” The lawyer replied, “I didn’t thin … More

Coward

God used a coward to lead a nation of cowards. Gideon, the fifth judge, was the youngest son, of the poorest family in Israel. The “angel of the Lord” appeared to Gideon. Gideon was thrashing grain in a covered shelter where grapes were pressed into wine because he was trying to hide his harvest from the eyes of the invaders (v. 11). If the Midianites saw him they would take the wheat from him.

The angel told Gideon “The Lord is with thee” (v. 12) and “you are to go and save your people from the Midianites” (v. 14). Gideon replied by saying, “If the Lord is really with us, why are we having all this trouble?” (v. 13). Furthermore he said, “How could I be a leader and save my people when we are just a poor family?” (v. 15). The Lord told Gideon He would help him defeat the Midianites and Gideon wanted some proof (vv. 16-18). Gideon killed a lamb, put it on a rock and when the angel touched it with a stick flames burned it up (vv. 19-21). The angel disappeared and Gideon was fearful (v. 22). The Lord told Gideon not to be fearful (v. 23). Gideon built an altar for worshiping the LORD and called it “ The LORD Calms Our Fears (v. 24).”

Application

Have I ever doubted that the Lord will really do something that He has promised in His Word because like Gideon I think I am a nobody. When I do I should Read Phil. 4:13.

Judges 6:11-24 (English Standard Version)

Now the angel of the LORD came and sat under the terebinth at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the winepress to hide it from the Midianites. And the angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him, "The LORD is with you, O mighty man of valor." And Gideon said to him, "Please, sir, if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all his wonderful deeds that our fathers recounted to us, saying, 'Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?' But now the LORD has forsaken us and given us into the hand of Midian." And the LORD turned to him and said, "Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?" And he said to him, "Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house." And the LORD said to him, "But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man." And he said to him, "If now I have found favor in your eyes, then show me a sign that it is you who speak with me. Please do not depart from here until I come to you and bring out my present and set it before you." And he said, "I will stay till you return." So Gideon went into his house and prepared a young goat and unleavened cakes from an ephah of flour. The meat he put in a basket, and the broth he put in a pot, and brought them to him under the terebinth and presented them. And the angel of God said to him, "Take the meat and the unleavened cakes, and put them on this rock, and pour the broth over them." And he did so. Then the angel of the LORD reached out the tip of the staff that was in his hand and touched the meat and the unleavened cakes. And fire sprang up from the rock and consumed the meat and the unleavened cakes. And the angel of the LORD vanished from his sight. Then Gideon perceived that he was the angel of the LORD. And Gideon said, "Alas, O Lord GOD! For now I have seen the angel of the LORD face to face." But the LORD said to him, "Peace be to you. Do not fear; you shall not die." Then Gideon built an altar there to the LORD and called it, The LORD Is Peace. To this day it still stands at Ophrah, which belongs to the Abiezrites.

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