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The Concluding Days of Gideon

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The teaching of karma (literally translated “action”) indicates that karma is something negative, the acting is wrong. Karma is something you must be released from. Karma is the reason for the poverty of the beggar; the illness of the sick, and the hopeless situation of … More

Prosperity

Gideon who came through the test of adversity with flying colors was not so successful in the test of prosperity. After his successful encounters with the enemies of the Lord he yielded to two temptations which brought devastating consequences.

First, was his temptation in the area of idolatry (vv. 24-26). It could be argued that Gideon really had the best of intentions when he took the golden earrings and crescents captured from the Ishmaelites and formed an “ephod” to perhaps preserve the memory of the Lord delivering His people from the Midianites. However the thing became a “snare to Gideon and his household,” as all Israel was enticed to false worship (vv. 27-29).

Second, was temptation in the area of the flesh as Gideon added to himself wives and concubines (vv. 30-33). This brought envy and hostility through seventy half-brothers that were born. When Gideon died a new generation rose up which forgot God and failed to return the many kindnesses that their deceased leader had shown them (vv. 34-35).

Application

There is a big danger that any of us may be inconsistent in our witness. Even though I have experienced great victories in my life to this point is no guarantee that I will do the same in the future. I need to be very careful not to let any kind of prosperity ruin my testimony.

Judges 8:24-35 (English Standard Version)

And Gideon said to them, "Let me make a request of you: every one of you give me the earrings from his spoil." (For they had golden earrings, because they were Ishmaelites.) And they answered, "We will willingly give them." And they spread a cloak, and every man threw in it the earrings of his spoil. And the weight of the golden earrings that he requested was 1,700 shekels of gold, besides the crescent ornaments and the pendants and the purple garments worn by the kings of Midian, and besides the collars that were around the necks of their camels. And Gideon made an ephod of it and put it in his city, in Ophrah. And all Israel whored after it there, and it became a snare to Gideon and to his family. So Midian was subdued before the people of Israel, and they raised their heads no more. And the land had rest forty years in the days of Gideon. Jerubbaal the son of Joash went and lived in his own house. Now Gideon had seventy sons, his own offspring, for he had many wives. And his concubine who was in Shechem also bore him a son, and he called his name Abimelech. And Gideon the son of Joash died in a good old age and was buried in the tomb of Joash his father, at Ophrah of the Abiezrites. As soon as Gideon died, the people of Israel turned again and whored after the Baals and made Baal-berith their god. And the people of Israel did not remember the LORD their God, who had delivered them from the hand of all their enemies on every side, and they did not show steadfast love to the family of Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) in return for all the good that he had done to Israel.

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