Project Bible 365 Day 49 Gideon Commissioned & Conditioned For War! 10 Bibical Leaders in 10 Days: 5-10 (Gideon)
The Story of Gideon offers me great encouragment. The story of Gideon offers me great insight into just how God can use just 300 men to save a nation from bondage.
Also the story of Gideon offers me a wonderful picture of just how much God has to take all the ego out of men just so we as his vessels can do His will. Not our own but His.
300 Men, of War made a difference. 300 Men of War destroyed idol worship.
When I’m talking about 300 men of War, I’m not talking about Hollywood’s depiction and counterfit of the real Biblical story.
The question is asked though? How did God deliver Israel out of bondage with just 300 men.
Here is the facts.
God heard the cries of his people so he appointed rightoues men and women of God that could maintain order at any cost.
Judges 1:1King James Version (KJV)
1 Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass, that the children of Israel asked the Lord, saying, Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites first, to fight against them?
Gideon becomes a Judge for Israel after being commissed by an Angel of the Lord. However at first sight, Gideon went by his feelings rather than his faith regarding the task the Lord had for him. Gideon’s response to his charge was
Judges 6:13-15King James Version (KJV)
13 And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? but now the Lord hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.
14 And the Lord looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?
15 And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.
Oh Gideon why did you go by your feelings? Aren’t you aware that God looks at the heart and not the stature of a man.
1 Samuel 16:7King James Version (KJV)
7 But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.
That’s why The Angel of the Lord was able to call Gideon a mighty man of valor even before putting on his soliders uniform. Gideon just had to trust God completely.
Judges 6:10-12King James Version (KJV)
10 And I said unto you, I am the Lord your God; fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice.
11 And there came an angel of the Lord, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites.
12 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.
Judges 6:17-21King James Version (KJV)
17 And he said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, then shew me a sign that thou talkest with me.
18 Depart not hence, I pray thee, until I come unto thee, and bring forth my present, and set it before thee. And he said, I will tarry until thou come again.
19 And Gideon went in, and made ready a kid, and unleavened cakes of an ephah of flour: the flesh he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot, and brought it out unto him under the oak, and presented it.
20 And the angel of God said unto him, Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes, and lay them upon this rock, and pour out the broth. And he did so.
21 Then the angel of the Lord put forth the end of the staff that was in his hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the Lord departed out of his sight.
Gideon accepted the sign of the Lord and called upon the Israelites to stand up the Baal worshipers. However even though 32,000 men enlisted that’s not how many God chose to turn down the temples of idols. God had a way of testing their courage and humbling the proud.
Judges 7:2-7King James Version (KJV)
2 And the Lord said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me.
3 Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand.
4 And the Lord said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go.
5 So he brought down the people unto the water: and the Lord said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink.
6 And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water.
7 And the Lord said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place.
Judges 7:16-18King James Version (KJV)
16 And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man’s hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers.
17 And he said unto them, Look on me, and do likewise: and, behold, when I come to the out
side of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall ye do.
18 When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, The sword of the Lord, and of Gideon.
At times I feel like Gideon. I’m not the youngest of my house but I am certainly weak in the eyes of the world because of the creative paths my feet like to travel. God looks upon the heart not on the staure of a man. In a prior post I wrote about how I am able to be an Abel. It explains the humility and love we must have as members of the Bride of Christ.
1 Peter 5:5King James Version (KJV)
5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
1 Corinthians 1:27King James Version (KJV)
27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
One of the first things I always pray for is a spirit of humility. I always ask for humility first even when it hurts. The reason is because many people have often said that I lead a pretty inspiring life. However, I don’t want people to acknowledge me for anything. I simply want them to see Jesus through me.
He’s the reason I have the strength to climb mountain. He’s the reason for my good health. He is the reason for giving me a measuring of faith. He is the reason I am myself. When he recreated me he made sure that I knew that no matter valley I was in. I know that when I was made a new creature, he put his stamp of approval by saying to me.
This concludes today’s message of Project Bible 365 Day 49 Gideon Commissioned and Conditioned For War!
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