Judges 6

Judges 6 has God calling Gideon to save his people.  “Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord” and they were given into the hand of Midian for seven years.  The Midianites were numerous, and every year as the Israelites planted crops, “they would encamp against them and devour the produce of the land”.  They ate the Israelites out of house and home.  And it was a big problem.  “Israel was brought very low because of Midian”.

And as you might expect, “the people of Israel cried out….the Lord sent a prophet”.  God faithfully continues to respond to His wayward people.  But God wasn’t all that gentle in His response: “I led you….I delivered you….I said to you….But you have not obeyed my voice”.  The people just were not getting the plan – it is about walking in obedience and they continue to stray which gets them into trouble.  “Gideon was beating out wheat….the angel of the Lord appeared to him….The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor”.  That had to be quite a surprise in the middle of his boring day.

We see Gideon respond a lot like Moses had earlier.  Gideon said “if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us….where are all his wonderful deeds”.  If God is with us, why are we facing this situation on the verge of starvation?  “And the Lord turned to him and said, Go in this might of yours and save Israel”.  Pretty direct command, isn’t it?  But Gideon starts laying on the excuses. “How can I save Israel….my clan is the weakest in Manasseh….I am the least in my father’s house”.

God gives Gideon the same response He had earlier given Moses.  “I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man”.  Gideon isn’t buying it and asks God to prove it, so God goes through a series of miracles with the altar and the fleece.  It didn’t take one miracle, but a number before Gideon was sold.  “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”.  God did exactly as Gideon asked.  But he comes back with another request to “Please let it be dry on the fleece only, and on all the ground let there be dew….God did so that night”.  What God originates, God orchestrates.  He is more than able to prepare us to do His plan!

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