And now he is prepared for service. He has been under God's tutorage. He has learned where his strength is; he no longer says, "wherewith shall I save Israel? But where does He set him to work? No, not in the least.
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He has to begin the Lord's work at home with that which is nearest to himself. There judgment commences. We must "cease to do evil" before we "learn to do well. Not all the powers in the world have a title to interfere with this. And, moreover, if God says, Pull down the altar of Baal, He will give strength to do it.
He acts unhesitatingly.
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And what is the consequence? Immediate opposition. The action of faith always excites the flesh. Israel knew not where their strength was; they thought it in Baal. Gideon had learned it to be in God. When we arc mixed up with the world, Satan has no occasion to disturb us; let him be alarmed, and up come Midianites, Amalekites, etc. Here is Gideon with his own people against him, and the enemies of Israel gathered together and pitching in Jezreel. But he has peace with God, and the Lord is so to speak bound to appear on his side.
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The Makings of A Mighty Man of Valor
Had Gideon been serving Baal, he could not have blown the trumpet thus. But Baal is down, and the altar of God is set up in the ordered place. He sends messengers throughout all Manasseh, who also are gathered unto him, and to Ashur, Zebulun, and Naphtali. But Gideon has a still further lesson to learn one painfully our own.
He has known the acceptance of his offering. The youngest of an idolatrous household, he has built an altar to the Lord, and begun to destroy idolatry.
But he has yet to be taught that there is not a bit more courage or prowess really in the men that had gathered after him than in himself. At once he has to get rid of a great number of them. This is done, first of all, by means of an ancient ordinance of Moses. The Lord tells him, "Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. To all appearance Gideon was weakening his own hands. At the first proclamation twenty-two thousand left him; but in reality, instead of losing strength, he was gainer by their departure.
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These fearful and fainthearted ones would have discouraged the rest had they remained among them. The flesh is very bold in. There is such a thing as the trial of our faith; and while we would be quite unable to test one another, God knows the best way of testing each. 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. God's ways are strange to sense. The infidel scoffs at them. These who were sent home were really not afraid as those who departed before to go to the battle; they were all of them soldiers girded for war.
The test was this whether in that thirsty day they 'would lap the water, putting the hand to the mouth, or bow down and drink at their ease.
“Mighty Man of Valor?” — Judges
The three hundred chosen ones those by whom the Lord was' about to work had not time for halting; their hearts were in their work and they merely took a draft as they went on their way. There is a very great difference between being in the circumstances of this life, and being entangled with them.
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When tested by the Lord, those who bowed down were not fit for His use any more than the fainthearted. They must go to their homes. Gideon instructed that the battle is the Lord's, and that he must get rid of all encumbrances is next shown his enemies. Then the Angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou valiant man.
One day the angel of God came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, whose son Gideon was threshing wheat in the winepress, out of sight of the Midianites. The angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon. All rights reserved. Used by Permission.
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All rights reserved worldwide. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. Because of all this, God allowed their enemies to oppress them. Yes, it was more than just the devil; God allowed it. It is during the oppressive times, the hard times, the stressful times that we have our hearts and attitudes revealed to us. The hard times are not designed to destroy us but to get us back on track. Summer Sermon Series. Weekly Sermon Collections. Online Sermon Editor. A seven part series on Gideon starting with the condition and crisis of Israel in it's backslidden state, the selection of Gideon, the process of his development and finally his overcoming victory and destruction of the enemy.
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