Gideon: A Biographical Study (Part 11)

A WarriorNext, we begin to see Gideon as a warrior.Chapter 7 of Judges begins with Gideon and his force camped south of the Midianites on ground that was above the enemy. Gideon was in a good tactical position to attack. Leaders of military forces, like Grant and Sherman, would have given their eye teeth for … Continue reading Gideon: A Biographical Study (Part 11)

Gideon: A Biographical Study (Part 10)

A Scared Young ManThe second lesson is that God is patient with His people when they have a lack of faith.Gideon was commissioned by God Himself to take on the Midianites and was promised victory against them because God was with them. Yet, at each turn, Gideon displayed a lack of faith. This is especially … Continue reading Gideon: A Biographical Study (Part 10)

Gideon: A Biographical Study (Part 6)

A Scared Young ManWhat does Gideon do in response to the divine visitation?First, he asks the wrong question.He wants to know why this trouble had happened. As we’ve seen from verses 8-10, God had already told the people, through the unnamed prophet why they were being oppressed.God answers Gideon in verse 14,“The Lord turned to … Continue reading Gideon: A Biographical Study (Part 6)

Gideon: A Biographical Study (Part 4)

A Scared Young ManThe people of Israel were subjected to a foreign invasion. The Midianites and their allies, the Amalekites and Qedemites, would camp on Israel’s land and would raid their food supplies until there was nothing left for them to eat. Israel was in desperate circumstances and the people did what they always did … Continue reading Gideon: A Biographical Study (Part 4)

Gideon: A Biographical Study (Part 1)

IntroductionYou might be thinking to yourself, I’m not going to be leading a great army against anybody. Why should I look at Gideon? These biographies from the Hebrew Scriptures have a purpose for us as well.Paul wrote to the Corinthian church,“Now these things happened to them as examples, and they were written as a warning … Continue reading Gideon: A Biographical Study (Part 1)