Privatization insists that we keep our faith whatever that might be to ourselves. Whoever fights for him shall be put to death by morning.
The Lord spoke to Gideon again.
We have all felt similar doubts at times. Instantly fire came from the rock and burned up the meat and bread. The prophet had made it clear why God was not blessing His people. He parted the sea, and the Israelites crossed on dry ground Exodus It was a short inch custom made sword or dagger that seemingly did not have the usual protective crosspiece designed to protect the hand of the sword-bearer.
He placed it in his home town and the Israelites began to worship it. They gathered up what little they could and headed for the hills, literally, seeking refuge in caves and mountain hideouts. As we shall see from Judges 5: But if there was prophecy, the secrets of their hearts would be exposed, and they would realize that God was among them.
God said these same words to Moses Exodus 3: But, sadly, that is not the end of the story. Baal, a god who was worshipped for being powerful, should be strong enough to defend himself, Joash argued.
Notice why God sent some men away. All these events could not have happened at a better place. After the people had been enslaved for several years, they cried out to God. The Great Deliverer is Jesus. He cooked a goat and made some soup with it. So what in the world was an oxgoad.
I am calling attention to the fact that God strengthened the Moabites because I believe it is an important clue to the interpretation of our text. Here is a very important truth. We learn from Gideon that we must put first things first. One might come to the conclusion that the salvation which is soon to come in our text proves that no repentance is really necessary.
A close reading of the text, however, suggests otherwise. It is amazing that these men were willing to kill one of their own people to defend a false god who had never done anything for them. I would call your attention to two other events recorded in the Old Testament, the first in Judges 13 and the second in 1 Kings As we have seen before, this outcry was not necessarily indeed not likely a cry of repentance.
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Now let us remember yet another detail our author has supplied. The tales in Judges begin to develop the notion of sacrifice—the idea that one person’s death can be meaningful to another person, for religious or ethical reasons.
Samson’s death saves Israel from Philistine persecution, and Sisera’s death at Jael’s hands is a poignant symbol of Israel’s victory to be celebrated in song (–30). He was too afraid of his father’s family and the men of the city to do it in broad daylight, so he waited until nighttime (Judges ).
This was not a time for undercover faith. It was time for Gideon to go public with his faith, and so God called for a public act of worship.
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The people's idolatry regarding the ephod () means that for the first time in Judges the people fall into apostasy before the death of the judge. Finally, the concluding elements of the pattern are altered to frame the birth of Abimelech, Gideon's son with a concubine (, 32), instead of providing closure for Gideon.
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God Gives Midian To Gideon (Judges ) Say: The Midianite army was camped in a valley below the Israelite army.
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