I’m using F. LaGard Smith’s Daily Bible for my daily Bible readings this year. Today covered Gideon’s call and battle against the Midianites. Here are some quick lessons I noted on my Portuguese website.
(For the curious, the Portuguese website is here.)
An unimportant man in Israelite society of the time became the “savior of the nation” (a popular Brazilian phrase) through the Lord’s call.
1. With (Presence) = Power
“The Lord is with you, courageous warrior!” (Judges 6:12). This is the first word which the Lord’s angel directs to Gideon. It’s the main fact he needs to recognize.
When Gideon complains he comes from the weakest clan and he’s the youngest of his family, the Lord says, “Ah, but I will be with you! You will strike down the whole Midianite army” (Judges 6:16).
Where else do we find a promise of the Lord to empower his people?
2. Word = Certainty and Courage
The Lord caused the Midianites to dream and fear Gideon. What he heard from their mouth was caused by the Lord for him to have certainty of the battle’s success and courage to attack (Judges 7:9-15).
It’s interesting that the wool tests were not sufficient for Gideon. Even after seeing two miracles, Gideon didn’t appear to be convinced, since the Lord still gives him another opportunity to bolster his courage, this time listening to a word from the mouths of the Midianites, but caused by a dream given to the enemy by the Lord.
After hearing the enemies’ fears, he praises God and rouses the army.
What does God putting a dream in the enemy’s mind say about his sovereignty?
3. Wisdom = Peace
When the Ephraimites complained to Gideon that he had not called them to fight against the Midianites, he replied with wisdom and preserved the peace (Judges 8:1-3).
How did Gideon calm the Ephraimites? Where did he get such wisdom?
These points would make a decent sermon outline or a class study. I’m using it as the latter tonight in our mid-week group at the building. Pray it will encourage those present to do the will of God and launch forth to speak the word of the Lord.