Judges Chapter 6 – Chronological

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Judges 6

And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord: and the Lord delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.

And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds.

And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them;

And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass.

For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number: and they entered into the land to destroy it.

And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the children of Israel cried unto the Lord.

And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto the Lordbecause of the Midianites,

That the Lord sent a prophet unto the children of Israel, which said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage;

And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and drave them out from before you, and gave you their land;

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.

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.

16 And the Lord said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man.

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.

22 And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the Lord, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord God! for because I have seen an angel of the Lord face to face.

23 And the Lord said unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die.

24 Then Gideon built an altar there unto the Lord, and called it Jehovahshalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.

25 And it came to pass the same night, that the Lord said unto him, Take thy father’s young bullock, even the second bullock of seven years old, and throw down the altar of Baal that thy father hath, and cut down the grove that is by it:

26 And build an altar unto the Lord thy God upon the top of this rock, in the ordered place, and take the second bullock, and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the grove which thou shalt cut down.

27 Then Gideon took ten men of his servants, and did as the Lordhad said unto him: and so it was, because he feared his father’s household, and the men of the city, that he could not do it by day, that he did it by night.

28 And when the men of the city arose early in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was cast down, and the grove was cut down that was by it, and the second bullock was offered upon the altar that was built.

29 And they said one to another, Who hath done this thing? And when they enquired and asked, they said, Gideon the son of Joash hath done this thing.

30 Then the men of the city said unto Joash, Bring out thy son, that he may die: because he hath cast down the altar of Baal, and because he hath cut down the grove that was by it.

31 And Joash said unto all that stood against him, Will ye plead for Baal? will ye save him? he that will plead for him, let him be put to death whilst it is yet morning: if he be a god, let him plead for himself, because one hath cast down his altar.

32 Therefore on that day he called him Jerubbaal, saying, Let Baal plead against him, because he hath thrown down his altar.

33 Then all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the children of the east were gathered together, and went over, and pitched in the valley of Jezreel.

34 But the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and Abiezer was gathered after him.

35 And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh; who also was gathered after him: and he sent messengers unto Asher, and unto Zebulun, and unto Naphtali; and they came up to meet them.

36 And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said,

37 Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said.

38 And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water.

39 And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew.

40 And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground.

50 thoughts on “Judges Chapter 6 – Chronological

  1. 24 Then Gideon built an altar there unto the Lord, and called it Jehovahshalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.

    It didn’t matter where he was he built that altar right then and there. The lord called him to build another altar a couple scriptures down but at this particular moment Gideon didn’t care where he was he was gonna build that altar right where he was. You know we can do that where ever we are as well. Whatever the problem may be whatever the circumstances may be we can easily build an altar and begin to offer a sacrifice unto the Lord whether it be praise or prayer its a sacrifice at an altar you have made before the Lord. Aren’t you thankful for a sovereign God.. a Just God… a mighty God. Oh what a mighty God we serve.

  2. 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.

    You don’t have to the strongest, you don’t even have to be the smartest individual to trust God. When the angel addressed Gideon, he called him a mighty man of valor. Instantly he stated that his family was poor and he was the least of his father’s house. I know that God intended to use a common man to do an uncommon feat for the nation of Israel. I find that this story lets many know that no matter what you think you don’t have and what you do, God can use the very least of it to conquer great armies.

    I find that all it takes is someone that is hungry for the things of God and willing to be used. I have always said that God is not limited by what We don’t have, he is only limited by what we are not willing to give. My God can take very little and turn it into much. If we have just 1 person that has passion for the things of God, then they will be greater than 99 with a cause.

    In this end time revival, the kingdom of God should be the most important thing because our eternity depends on it. We have to live Jesus so that we are can give the things of Jesus to those that must be saved. Don’t worry about our enemy, because God can take what is intended for our bad and turn it for our good.

  3. Verses 11-18 CEV “One day an angel from the Lord went to the town of Ophrah and sat down under the big tree that belonged to Joash, a member of the Abiezer clan. Joash’s son Gideon was nearby, threshing grain in a shallow pit, where he could not be seen by the Midianites. The angel appeared and spoke to Gideon, “The Lord is helping you, and you are a strong warrior.” Gideon answered, “Please don’t take this wrong, but if the Lord is helping us, then why have all of these awful things happened? We’ve heard how the Lord performed miracles and rescued our ancestors from Egypt. But those things happened long ago. Now the Lord has abandoned us to the Midianites.” Then the Lord himself said, “Gideon, you will be strong, because I am giving you the power to rescue Israel from the Midianites.” Gideon replied, “But how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest one in Manasseh, and everyone else in my family is more important than I am.” “Gideon,” the Lord answered, “you can rescue Israel because I am going to help you! Defeating the Midianites will be as easy as beating up one man.” Gideon said, “It’s hard to believe that I’m actually talking to the Lord. Please do something so I’ll know that you really are the Lord. And wait here until I bring you an offering.” “All right, I’ll wait,” the Lord answered.”

    Wow, to be chosen by God…..Gideon couldn’t fathom it and then the Lord himself spoke to him. Then the excuses (questions) began to pour out of Gideon. Then like the loving Father that He is, God called him by name “Gideon”…..I can just see how God sees our doubt (lack of faith), our questions, and our excuses. Sometimes, we just have to “chill” as God’s got this. The God Almighty, would not be asking you to do something that you can not handle, if it’s truly Him calling you to do it. Now is not the time to stop or quit; but, rather say “Yes, Lord….to Your will and Your way…..Yea and Amen”.

  4. 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.

    Don’t fear God let him use you No more excuses.

  5. Thank you Jesus for today , with God all things are possible , no weapon formed against you shall prosper. To God be the glory

    Press forward with confidence

    Then the Spirit of the Lord clothed Gideon with power. He blew a ram’s horn as a call to arms, and the men of the clan of Abiezer came to him.
    Judges 6:34 NLT

  6. LIVE – GIVE JESUS
    RECOGNIZE THE CALL OF GOD

    22 And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the Lord, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord God! for because I have seen an angel of the Lord face to face.
    23 And the Lord said unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die.
    24 Then Gideon built an altar there unto the Lord, and called it Jehovahshalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.

    Gideon like most of us was contending with his own flesh and will when GOD gave him specific instructions. Then Gideon “Built an ALTAR unto the Lord”.

    This action of FAITH should always be our next move. The gave GOD a place to speak to Gideon and build his Faith in GOD to the place that he could be used by GOD to deliver the people of GOD.

    Often we feel that what GOD is doing to us is to challenge us, but we later find that JESUS was preparing us to help or deliver someone else.

    GOD will identify the place of the ALTAR and the purpose of the ALTAR. We are called to bring the sacrifice. This altar was called “JEHOVAH SHALOM”

    JEHOVAH SHALOM – PEACE or Send PEACE

    We need to build an ALTAR of PEACE in our lives that we can bring our sacrifice to often. May the GOD of PEACE Bless and Keep you today is our prayer.

    iRepent
    iPraise
    iPray
    iWork
    iGive
    iReap
    iGo
    iBlessYouInTheNameOfTheLordJESUS

  7. Judges 6:12-13 [Amp] And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him , The Lord is with you mighty of [ fearless] courage.
    [13 ] And Gideon said to him, O sir, if the Lord is with us, Why is all this befallen us? And where are all His wondrous works of which our fathers told us , saying, Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? But now the Lord has forsaken us and given us into the hand of Midian.
    God does wondrous works and he is a faithful God at all times. There is know reason to have any doubt or fear. God is all ways with us. He will give you supernatural Stength. Stand still and watch the Salvation of the Lord work.

  8. 8 That the Lord sent a prophet unto the children of Israel, which said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage;

    9 And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and drave them out from before you, and gave you their land;

    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.
    When you start feeling all the wrong things or even thinking the wrong things you have to check what you’ve been doing. God gives us challenges through life, and nothing is perfect but you have Gods love then nothing else matters. We have to do our part to keep that fire going within us and following his word.

  9. 37. Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said.
    38. And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water.

    God doesn’t do anything half-way.
    You would think that when you wring the morning dew out of a fleece you would just get a few drops, but not when God is involved – not just a few drops, not a cup full, there was a bowl full of water on that fleece!

  10. The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, “Mighty hero, the Lord is with you!” “Sir,” Gideon replied, “if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles our ancestors told us about? Didn’t they say, ‘The Lord brought us up out of Egypt’? But now the Lord has abandoned us and handed us over to the Midianites.” Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!”
    Judges 6:12‭-‬14 NLT

    Gideon only knew what he had seen and experienced up to this point. Yet still, He desired more; he desired to be used. God simply looks for those who are willing and through those willing vessels He will show Himself mighty. Let us all be sensitive to Your Spirit today God and be willing to go as You lead.

  11. “The Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight. So the Lord handed them over to the Midianites for seven years. The Midianites were so cruel that the Israelites made hiding places for themselves in the mountains, caves, and strongholds.”
    ‭‭Judges‬ ‭6:1-2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

    God brought Israel into bondage through the oppression of the Midianites. This was an example of God’s grace and mercy to Israel because the oppression would make them turn back to God. It would have been worse if God had just left them alone.
    We are nothing with out God. With out Him we will be in bondage of this world where nothing good come from it.

  12. 1 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord: and the Lord delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years.

    2 And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds.

    3 And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them;

    4 And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass.

    5 For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number: and they entered into the land to destroy it.

    6 And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the children of Israel cried unto the Lord.

    7 And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto the Lordbecause of the Midianites,

    8 That the Lord sent a prophet unto the children of Israel, which said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage;

    9 And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and drave them out from before you, and gave you their land;

    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.

    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

  13. Then build an altar to the Lord your God here on this hilltop sanctuary, laying the stones carefully. Sacrifice the bull as a burnt offering on the altar, using as fuel the wood of the Asherah pole you cut down.”
    Judges 6:26 NLT
    https://bible.com/bible/116/jdg.6.26.NLT

    God may call is to sacrifice but He will always honor it and keep us protected. They had been left starving because of the midianites, so this bull was a big sacrifice for Gideon to give.

  14. 6 And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said,

    37 Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said.

    38 And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water.

    39 And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew.

    40 And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground.

    Gideon struggled with the fact that God had chosen him to save Israel from the hand of the enemy so 3 times he asked God for a “sign.” God came through every time with confirmation.

    How many times are we like Gideon? We pray and we feel God directs us, yet we go back time and again asking God for yet another sign. Sometimes what precious time is wasted while God has to convince us that the power to do what He has called us to do lies within us.

    John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

  15. 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.

    “He chooseth the weak things of the world to confound the wise, and things that are despised, and things that are not, to bring to naught the things that are; that no flesh may glory in his presence.”

  16. 36 And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said,
    37 Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said.

    Gideon sacrifice set the stage for his request. Gideon did not just began questioning God about his calling he fearfully and respectfully ask for a sign after he gave sacrificially. The Bible never gives us any indication is that the Lord obliged to the request under any resistance but rather answered it promptly and then answered again without hesitation. God is not in heaven expecting us to take these big leaps of faith without his assistance or him giving us some type of confirmation. He understands our struggles and where we may lack in faith but where we sacrifice he is more than willing to show us away through his grace and his sovereign hand.

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    And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass.

    The enemy was destroying the increase of the earth, but there was a man named Gideon who choose to stand up and fight for the harvest the only way he knew how…hide the harvest. God took note and made him a great leader.

    We must stand up and protect the Harvest at POFW any way we can from the enemy. Once we do, God will make us a mighty church of valor!

  18. Gideon was faithful.
    Although fear had come upon him he still did what the Lord had commanded. God was so gracious to confirm several times to Gideon he was going to be able to fulfill what God had called him to do.
    God’s assurance to keep us right where He wants us to be. No matter how challenging the task God is always there and faithful to say Do not be afraid. And just like a loving father to repeatedly give us confirmation many times when the challenge just seems to great. How great is our God who cares so much to confirm over and over .
    Many times a willing person just needs the extra assurance. Yes it is God that is wanting to use them.

  19. God is always right on time. We need to be right on time with what he tells us to do. You ask, you receive answer, you do what God tells you.

  20. 30“Bring out your son,” the men of the town demanded of Joash. “He must die for destroying the altar of Baal and for cutting down the Asherah pole.”

    Gideon had the courage to tear down any gods. These gods were only objects that had no power, but yet people worshiped them. If we have little gods around us, we too must have the courage to tear them down. Don’t let anything come between you and your relationship with God.

  21. 33 Then all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the children of the east were gathered together, and went over, and pitched in the valley of Jezreel.

    34 But the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and Abiezer was gathered after him.

    I don’t see Gideon as a coward in questioning the Lord for choosing him to lead Israel against the Midianites. I see a man verifying the call of the Lord on his life. It is a huge responsibility and it should be verified. Too many move before the Lord calls them and it doesn’t end well. Verify with the man of God in your life, your Pastor, before you leave your post to take on another role of leadership. God will speak to your pastor just as he has spoken to you – then you will have the confidence of Gideon.

  22. 6:15 AMP but Gideon replied: but Lord, how can I rescue Israel?
    My clan is the weakest in the tribe of Manasseh ,
    And I am the least important member of my family.
    ——-
    God knew what we are going to say back to him, the moment he revealed to us Who we are in Christ.
    Our identity ….
    We must repent of unbelief and allowing fear to take over….
    We MUST believe the written word that says: greater is he that live in us, than he who is in the world.
    When want to see miracles signs and wonders happening, yet we fear to serve and be used as vessels for God, for his glory.
    God used Moses and we know everything that happened….
    God chose Gideon, and God didn’t care what Gideon thought Of himself( the excuse he gave him…)
    But after a few petitions from Gideon to him( God)
    God in his mercy responded to him, and affirm with a sign that it was really goi g to be through him( Gideon) that Israel was going to be delivered.
    ——
    It is time to stop giving God excuses and start saying, here I am Lord, send me.
    It’s time to be more than ever be filled with the Holy Ghost

    I submit
    I obey
    I pray
    In Jesus name.

  23. 24 Then Gideon built an altar there unto the Lord, and called it Jehovahshalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.

    25 And it came to pass the same night, that the Lord said unto him, Take thy father’s young bullock, even the second bullock of seven years old, and throw down the altar of Baal that thy father hath, and cut down the grove that is by it:

    26 And build an altar unto the Lord thy God upon the top of this rock, in the ordered place, and take the second bullock, and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the grove which thou shalt cut down.

    After Gideon built an altar, he was immediately asked to sacrifice.

    When we decide to build a relationship with God, it will require sacrifice. But through the sacrifice, we will receive victory!

  24. 7 And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto the Lord because of the Midianites,

    8 That the Lord sent a prophet unto the children of Israel, which said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage;

    This reminds me of the prodigal son and how he was so fixed on blowing his inheritance until he was broke and starving. When the Israelites cried out the Lord answered them by sending a prophet to remind them of what Hes done for them. Sometimes we just need a wake up call for God to remind us He is in control. Because they did evil in His sight they’re out of his covering of protection from the Midianites for they have made themselves enemies of God. Living for God will not be without its share of life problems but He will be with us through it all strengthening us with each trial.

  25. 1Then the Israelites did evil in the sight of the Lord; and the Lord gave them into the hand of Midian for seven years.

    Sometimes I think we try to over-complicate our relationship with Jesus. Continually looking for a magnificent sign or the newest revelation of the bible, yet I’m reminded of the scripture to Matt 18:3 “And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”

    Children are simple. Do this and get rewarded or do this and be corrected. They grasp this understanding at a surprisingly young age. Yet, when we are talking about our relationship with Jesus, we try to complicate this simple attribute.

    Obedience will produce blessings while disobedience will bring correction and at times punishment.

    As we choose to daily live and give Jesus, we must keep in mind every action has a reaction, rather we are obedient or disobedient.

  26. Joshua 6:36-40

    GIDEON’S FLEECE

    POFW, from the church prayer:

    I bind the stronghold of low and no self-esteem and I loose the spirit and attitude now of Confidence, I loose the spirit and attutude of Boldness, I loose the spirit and attitude of Progressiveness, I do it by the Name and by the Authority of the Lord Jesus Christ.

    We have no reason to put out the fleece! We have JESUS, the Author and Finisher of our faith!!!

    Hallelujah!!

    Thank you Jesus for giving each of us the measure of faith. And then working with us to cause it to strengthen and grow. You ARE a Good God!!!

    Pastor Watts, May we have some more copies of the Church Prayer???

  27. 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.

    So many people today put their will before God’s will and say that they are fulfilling the will of God when in fact they’re living a disobedient lifestyle, we should always remember that being an obedient servant to God’s will is where we find favor with him and should always strive to be that.

  28. Judges 6:12-13 And the angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said unto him, the Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour. 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.

    I can relate to that! I know in my head that God has promised never to leave me or for sake me. But if all that is true and it is why am I going through such a hard time? As Gideon put it, “Why has all this happened to me? “ When things aren’t going my way and I don’t understand, I begin to be anxious . Fear grips my heart But…….as 1 John 4:18 reads “Perfect love drives out fear”.

    The best thing to know is Jesus loves me deeply!!

  29. 12 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.

    The Lord called Gideon a mighty man of valour even before Gideon backlashed with his own low self-esteem.

    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?

    After Gideon questions God, God answers with the same questions we should ask ourselves, and those around us when in our own predicaments, “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.
    16 And the Lord said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man.
    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.

    Gideon still questions the Lord and thinks that he is not able or worthy to do such a task. Yet God again tells Gideon, “Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man.” Have faith in yourself, especially when God gives you an order, or an instruction. Because if he has told you then he must know you are able and competent to fulfill what he has asked.

  30. 36 And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said,

    37 Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said.

    38 And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water.

    39 And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew.

    40 And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground.

    How many times do we need God to confirm his word for us to believe it is him, sometimes even when it is something to encourage us we say God is that you, like who else is going to encourage us besides God. Oh that we would learn to hear his voice so we believe the first time.

  31. 34 But the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and Abiezer was gathered after him.

    35 And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh; who also was gathered after him: and he sent messengers unto Asher, and unto Zebulun, and unto Naphtali; and they came up to meet them.

    36 And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said,

    37 Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said.

    38 And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water.

    39 And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew.

    40 And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground.

    Gideon built an altar in obedience to the Lord and submitted his will to will of God. Gideon and the fleeces have always stood out to me, even as a small child I have always believed that if we entrust our life to the Lord he shall direct our paths.

  32. The Israelite’s had sinned again and worshiped other Gods. Gideon prayed to the Lord as the Israelite’s lacked sustenance and were doing without due to them not worshiping God. Gideon has the Spirit of the Lord come over him and tore down Baal’s alter and was blessed by God. Therefore he built an alter to the Lord. Following our Lord you will always be blessed.

  33. Jueces 6:40
    ” Entonces entenderé que salvarás a Israel por mi mano, como lo has dicho”:

    *Gedeón mostró que él era débil, con una fe imperfecta. Para una misión tan audaz y peligrosa para la vida, uno podría entender (y animar) a su petición por una señal . Pero el pedir por una segunda y tercera señal mostró que su fe era débil.

    *Gedeón también no mantuvo su palabra. Dios confirmó la señal la primera vez, y Gedeón dijo que eso sería suficiente para él. Pero se retractó después de que Dios confirmó la primera señal. Pero el Señor aun tuvo misericordia y gracia hacia Gedeón. “Este es un ejemplo sobresaliente de la paciencia amable de Dios con el hijo turbado.”

    *Pero antes de ser muy críticos hacia Gedeón, debemos de considerar el reto que estaba delante de él. Muchos de nosotros nos hubiéramos rehusado inmediatamente a tal llamado, sin considerar aún el permitir que Dios lo confirmara. La débil fe de Gedeón era aún más grande que no tener fe. Por esta razón, Gedeón fue correctamente incluido en el registro de los grandes hombres y mujeres de fe.

  34. Judges 6:14, “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?”

    Gideon had a command and a commission from God to GO and SAVE the Israelites, because God had sent him.
    We too have a command and a commission from God to “GO ye into all the world, and PREACH the gospel to every creature.” (St. Mark 16:15), because He has sent us.

    Let’s GO and PREACH, because HE has SENT us!

  35. 2 And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds.

    3 And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them;

    4 And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass.

    5 For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number: and they entered into the land to destroy it.

    6 And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the children of Israel cried unto the Lord.

    After the long season of humiliation, fruitless labor, poverty, and domination by an oppressive power, Israel finallycried out to the LORD. Prayer was their last resort instead of their first resource.

  36. Judges 6

    This Chapter means that, even though Joshua murmured he was still submissive to Our Lord Our God, he asked God to give him a sign to know that He was going to rescue the Israelites. So God gave him a sign that He will rescue his people as He promised.

  37. 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.

    When God wants to use us he is not looking at our age and family status. He is looking at our heart and integrity. Gideons family status, age, and ability was not going to stop him but His heart will.

    Let us learn to keep our hearts pure to God.

  38. 7 When the Israelites cried out to the Lord because of Midian,

    8 he sent them a prophet, who said, “This is what the Lord , the God of Israel, says: I brought you up out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

    Judges 6:7‭-‬8 NIV
    https://bible.com/bible/111/jdg.6.7-8.NIV

    The Lord our God Is the only powerful God the only oh mighty God, the prince of peace the Lord of Lord’s he can deliver us from anything. He is our savior! LIVE GIVE JESUS!

  39. 4 And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass.

    We must be careful and watchful because the enemy desires to take your increase. Any chance he gets he will try to take what God has given you. Stay vigilant and prayerful because it is in that time God will give you strength.

  40. 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.
    16 And the Lord said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man.
    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.

    1 Corinthians 1:27-31 King 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;
    28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
    29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.
    30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
    31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

    DADDY ALWAYS GETS THE GLORY!!! WE CAN DO NOTHING WITHOUT HIM!!!

  41. 7 And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto the Lordbecause of the Midianites,

    8 That the Lord sent a prophet unto the children of Israel, which said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage;

    9 And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and drave them out from before you, and gave you their land;

    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.

    When I stop and think of all the things I was delivered from, it makes me wonder why I fail to keep all His commandments…

  42. Prove it God

    39 And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew.

    How many times have we been in this exact situation? God calls us to do something then we question whether it is him or not. We are so full of faith that someone else could do a mighty work for God but when it comes to taking ownership of it ourselves, we tell god to prove it. My question for myself and my fellow ministers is , why not us? Why not me? Just as we have to take the face off revival, we have to also take the face off the facilitator. God can use any willing vessel. Let us stop telling God to prove it to us and start proving his work by doing it.

  43. 36 And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said,

    37 Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said.

    38 And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water.

    39 And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew.

    40 And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground.

    A sign from the Lord. Often we want to ensure that what is being asked is really God. Is it really him saying I have to do this, or I have to change that, or let this go. Was it really the Lord that said/asked that? And so we want assurance. We went out hearts to be at peace in uncertainty. One of the most surprising and yet eminent signs from God that we get, that should give us assurance is the Holy Ghost.

    Every time you pray through and begin to speak in tongues, you witness one of the most amazing signs from God. A miracle on it’s own that should give you the assurance on the promises of God that are in Him yes and amen. It is a reminder of the Promise of promises. It is a reminder that He is faithful and that He keeps His Word. And this promise is unto you, and to your children, and to those that are far off as many as the Lord shall call.

    Your assurance and sign is this, just as faithful as He is to pour out His Spirit on you, the same way He will ensure that you make it through.

  44. “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.”
    ‭‭Judges‬ ‭6:13‬ ‭KJV‬‬

    There may be a time in our walk that we don’t understand why bad things happen. We may even think that God doesn’t care, but his plan is much bigger than our plan. We have to keep Our eyes on Jesus and know that whatever we are going through, he has a purpose. If we stay faithful and continue in what we are supposed to do God will work through the struggle to get the glory. We will see his mighty right hand.

  45. “I rescued you from the Egyptians and from all who oppressed you. I drove out your enemies and gave you their land.”(Judges‬ ‭6:9‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

    No matter how difficult the situation may seem to us but with God nothings impossible for him. We can’t lose for we are on the winning side. (Romans‬ ‭8:31‬ ‭NLT)“What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” The Lord our God is mighty and strong no enemy of ours can stand up to him for he is All-powerful.

  46. Judges 6:1-6 . THE ISRAELITES, FOR THEIR SINS, OPPRESSED BY MIDIAN.

    1. and the Lord delivered them into the hand of Midian–Untaught by their former experiences, the Israelites again apostatized, and new sins were followed by fresh judgments. Midian had sustained a severe blow in the time of Moses ( Numbers 31:1-18 ); and the memory of that disaster, no doubt, inflamed their resentment against the Israelites. They were wandering herdsmen, called “children of the East,” from their occupying the territory east of the Red Sea, contiguous to Moab. The destructive ravages they are described as at this time committing in the land of Israel are similar to those of the Bedouin Arabs, who harass the peaceful cultivators of the soil. Unless composition is made with them, they return annually at a certain season, when they carry off the grain, seize the cattle and other property; and even life itself is in jeopardy from the attacks of those prowling marauders. The vast horde of Midianites that overran Canaan made them the greatest scourge which had ever afflicted the Israelites.

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